The Resource Abnormal psychology, (electronic resource)

Abnormal psychology, (electronic resource)

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Abnormal psychology
Title
Abnormal psychology
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eng
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"Abnormal psychology, or the study of abnormal mental phenomena, is one of the late developments of scientific medicine. It is not a mere fad, as some of its critics would attempt to make us believe, neither has it sprung up like a mushroom, within a single night. Abnormal psychology is the outcome of the work of small groups of investigators in France, Germany, and America, within the last twenty-five years. Beginning with a study of the phenomena of hypnosis, these researches gradually developed into a series of brilliant psychological discoveries. The most important of these is the principle of dissociation or of splitting of the mind. In a general way we speak of these matters as the theory of the subconscious. This theory has not only thrown an immense amount of light on the nature of human personality, but other peculiar phenomena, such as losses of memory or amnesia, automatic writing, crystal gazing, and such diseases as neurasthenia, hysteria, psychasthenia, have been stripped of the mystery which surrounded them for centuries. Most of the investigations on abnormal psychology are widely scattered in medical publications and in psychological journals of a highly specialized character, thereby making these researches almost inaccessible to the general reader. There has been no attempt, so far as known, to bring all this material together within the compass of a single book. It is with this object in view that the present volume was written. In it an attempt will be made, not only to summarize the principal work in this fascinating field, but also some personal observations and experiments will be added. Most of the problems of abnormal psychology centre around the modern theory of the subconscious. In order that clearness may not be sacrificed, we must pass by slow gradations from the simplest to the most complex forms of subconscious mental states. We must understand the normal before we can hope to grasp the abnormal. This volume is divided into two parts, which are indicated by the titles "The Exploration of the Subconscious" and the "Diseases of the Subconscious." In the first section, after a discussion of subconscious phenomena in general, we will pass to the methods of analyzing these phenomena and making them objective facts. The second section will be devoted to a study of certain functional disturbances which, either in whole or in part, are due to perversions of subconscious mental states. In general what can psychotherapy, in its purely practicable aspects learn from these complex theories? What can psychotherapy do and how does it do it? It seems to be the general idea that suggestion is a kind of magic wand in the hand of the physician, and that the waving of this wand can make diseases appear or disappear in the same manner that a rabbit appears to suddenly pop out of the magician's silk hat. So suggestion has come to have a certain occult or mystical meaning, in the same way that the term subconscious has been popularly interpreted as a supernatural state of mind. We hope to show that nothing of this sort is possible and that psychotherapy cannot change one iota of the laws of the mechanism of consciousness. Functional neuroses do not get well by a presto change method. Their treatment requires long study, numerous examinations, a knowledge of the theoretical and practical principles of abnormal psychology and of all the diagnostic methods of modern medicine"--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)
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1875-1943
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Coriat, Isador H.
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index present
LC call number
BF173
LC item number
.C67 1911
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non fiction
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  • Subconsciousness
  • Psychology, Pathological
  • Unconscious (Psychology)
  • Psychopathology
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Abnormal psychology, (electronic resource)
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Includes index
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xii, 329 p.
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electronic
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Electronic reproduction.
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remote
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(DcWaAPA)apa08351523
Label
Abnormal psychology, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Includes index
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
xii, 329 p.
Form of item
electronic
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(DcWaAPA)apa08351523

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