The Hands of Children: An Introduction to Psycho-Chirology
Conflicting Identities and Multiple Masculinities takes as its focus the construction of masculinity in Western Europe from the early Middle Ages until the fifteenth century, crossing from pre-Christian Scandinavia across western Christendom. The essays consult a broad and representative cross section of sources including the work of theological, scholastic, and monastic writers, sagas, hagiography and memoirs, material culture, chronicles, exampla and vernacular literature, sumptuary legislation, and the records of ecclesiastical courts. The studies address questions of what constituted male identity, and male sexuality. How was masculinity constructed in different social groups? How did the secular and ecclesiastical ideals of masculinity reinforce each other or diverge? These essays address the topic of medieval men and, through a variety of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary approaches, significantly extend our understanding of how, in the Middle Ages, masculinity and identity were conflicted and multifarious.
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The Outer Hand
The Position of the Hand
The Significance of the Right and Left Hands
The Main Lines in the Palm of the Hand
Subsidiary Lines and Various Other Features of
Chirology Applied to the Hands of Children
The Hands of the Mentally Diseased
Index of Figures
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adaptability Alfred Adler analysis artistic attitude C. G. Jung chapter child chiro chirological chirologist collective unconscious colour connected conscious Consistency difficulties disposition Dropped position dropping hands emotional energies environment expression fact Fate Line finger see fig fixation Flat palms fourth finger function HANDS OF CHILDREN Heart Line Incapable of dropping inclined indicates inferiority feelings influences inhibited inner hand intellectual interpretation left hand Line of Fate Line of Intuition Line of Milieu Lines of Experience little finger lower phalange main lines Melancholia middle finger milieu-fixation mind mother Mount of Jupiter Mount of Mars Mount of Venus Nails negative normal observation outward bend parents partner-relationship person phenomena plate Poison Line Pre-natal Line psyche psychological Raised position realisation reality reveals ribbed right hand ring finger Schizophrenic Female sexual shape soft sphere straight strong strongly talent tendency third finger Thyroid Lines traits uncon unconscious unconscious mind upper phalange