Page 3, 16th March 1962

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In Confession

CONFESSIONS AND PASTORAL PSYCHOLOGY, by Andreas Snoeck, S.J. (The Newman Press, 53.50).

WE are well supplied with books that treat of Pastoral Psychology, and with others that deal with Confession, but few books bring to bear on Confession the fruits of modern psychological research. It is precisely this that Fr. Snoeck succeeds so well in doing.

His treatment of scrupulosity which runs to a good half of the book is especially praiseworthy. He shows how the scrupulous attitude is fundamentally a confinement to one's own self, an egotism rooted in weakness. While some of his investigations into the nature of scrupulosity may be rather difficult for those not wellversed in the psychological method. his principles for the treatment of the scrupulous are as clear as they are sound. It is a pity that such expressions as "creaturely love" (p. 35) betray that the work is a translation.

The wide range of teaching opportunities in all types of educational establishments from primary school to university are well outlined in "Teaching as a Career". by H. C. Dent (Batsford, 12s. 6d.). This book while discouraging from entering the profession those people who are really unsuitable, should prove extremely useful to those who are uncertain as to the educational standard needed, both for entering a training college and for obtaining suitable posts when qualified. Many useful addresses are given together with approximate rates of pay according to grade.

Above: A little nature study comes in useful at a nursery school.)

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