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Sex Education

Nature volume 155, pages 9394 (27 January 1945) | Download Citation



HOW thorny the question of sex is to the adult mind is aptly symbolized by the myth of the gooseberry bush; and the consequences of the conspiracy of silence are seen by doctor and psychiatrist. It is, however, a truism of practice that none but serious cases come for treatment, and much daily friction and maladjustment arising from unresolved sex conflicts does not reach the consulting room. Few indeed are the adults who cannot recall from their own adolescence periods of intense psychic pain which greater enlightenment might have spared them; more fail to achieve harmony in marriage and that liberation of energy which comes of an unclouded mind, not because they were born abnormal, or because adjustment to modern conditions is impossible, but because, at critical periods of psychic development, they lacked the right emotional attitude towards manifestations of their own sexuality.

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