This book contains a series of four lectures delivered by Anna Freud to parents and school teachers in Vienna. It is a simple and authentic presentation of those most fundamental concepts of psychoanalysis which have a specific interest for parents and educators. The aim of the lectures is not only to give the audience an abstract view of the subject but to bring it into relation with the actual problems with which parents and educators have to cope. The four lectures are on (1) infantile amnesia and the Oedipus complex, (2) the infantile instinct-life, (3) the latency period and (4) the relation between psychoanalysis and pedagogy.
In the first lecture the author emphasizes that the 6 year old child with whom the teacher has to deal is by no means totally flexible but already constitutes a well defined little personality. The importance of the first five or six years of