PSYCHOLOGICAL METHODS 253 stances of any other. Moreover, with symbolism there is usually an infinity of possible interpretations, and no one but the psychoanalyst knows that his particular interpretation is correct. Furthermore, the wish and the repression are gratuitously adduced; and must be sustained when reason affirms the exist- ence of neither.1 It is probable that the prevalence of " sexual trau- mata" has not been overestimated by the psycho- analysts, for Homo sapiens is but an animal with an assortment of somewhat undependable inhibi- tions. But psychoanalysts admit that "sexual trau- mata" are no more common among their patients than among persons free from neuroses; hence it is evident that even if their theories are correct, but half of the story has as yet been told. Psychoanalysis, when it proves effectual, most probably works through suggestion. The objection to this theory is that some of the earliest patients were benefited in a "pre-suggestive" period. The objection to this objection is that hysterical and neurotic patients are often highly suggestible; and that when these early (female) patients submitted themselves to psychic treatment and willingly bared 1 Why, for Instance, should sexual symbolism be employed to inter- pret the respectable dreams of an intelligent and healthy-minded person that has normal sexual appetences of which he is totally unashamed and which he does not endeavor to "repress"?