Dr. Missildine expands on an earlier book geared to self-improvement (Your Inner Child of the Past, 1963), with a pile-up of case histories and applications. The Inner Child, a being from which the adult emerges, too often prevents the cool solution of everyday's emotionally charged problems by popping up noisily to obscure clear thought. With a kind of avuncular schizophrenia, the bothered adult must take account of the I.C., which is what it unhappily is, because of how it was treated by its parents. ""Put your arm around yourself kindly"" in muddled moments and recognize the fountainhead of irrational thoughts. Then ever so gently, like a good parent, correct yourself. Dr. Missildine offers techniques for a variety of battered psyches -- the self-belittler, the over-coerced, the perfectionist, etc. -- along with personality profiles for guidance, typical bothersome situations and illustrative cases. As with most shape-up manuals -- and this is hardly one of the worst -- it seems to apply to everyone except the reader. But it's possible to pick up a chance procedure or two.