PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALING, by Pierre Janet - 1925 [First Engllish Edition, 2 vols.]


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Psychological Healing:  A Historical and Clinical Study

by Pierre Janet

translated by Eden and Cedar Paul

First English edition, translated from French, two volumes.  London:  George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1925 

Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD condition.

  • Boards covered in dark red cloth show some aging, bumps, edgewear.  Corners are bumped, with some  fraying.  
  • Spine has gilt text, faded, and is darkened, with crushed, frayed ends.
  • Binding is secure. 
  • Pastedowns and feps have some moderate foxing, owner's mark on front fep.   
  • Interior is gently age-toned.   
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Text block edges have a few marks.   
  • PS2022.0829

1265 pages. 5.5 x 8.5 inches.

Pierre Janet was a pioneering French psychologist, philosopher and psychotherapist in the field of dissociation and traumatic memory. It was claimed that Freud borrowed freely from Janet, perhaps without sufficient attribution. He is ranked alongside William James and Wilhelm Wundt as one of the founding fathers of psychology.

Pierre Janet's therapeutic approach to traumatized patients was the first attempt to create a systematic,
phase-oriented treatment of post-traumatic stress. Janet viewed the trauma response basically as a disorder of memory which interfered with effective action. Relying heavily on the use of hypnosis, he taught that the treatment of post-traumatic psychopathology consisted of forming a stable therapeutic relationship; retrieving and transforming traumatic memories into meaningful experiences; and taking effective action to overcome learned helplessness. Most of his observations and recommendations are as pertinent today as when he first made them, more than a century ago.

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