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English citations of childism

The belief that childhood is a major determinant of character[edit]

  • 1971, The Western Humanities Review - Volume 10, page 133:
    How horrified Wordsworth would have been had he learned what romanticism's dank blossom, Freud, discovered in the dictum that "the child is father of the man"! Nevertheless, as Freud made Childism clinical he also made it rampant; and the initiation story, the fable of Innocence Lost, has developed into a dominant motif in contemporary fiction.