Subconscious Phenomena

9780217059688: Subconscious Phenomena

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1910. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER SIX The Conception of the Subconscious BY BERNARD HART, M. B., M. R. C. S. Assistant Medical Officer, Long Grove Asylum, Epsom THE conception of the subconscious has of recent years acquired a dominating position in psychiatry. The utility of this conception in the co-ordination of our knowledge, and its fruitfulness in suggesting new lines of research, have become so obvious, that the opposition which it at first aroused has been almost altogether overcome. Considerable disagreement, however, still exists as to the precise meaning to be ascribed to the term. What is the nature of a subconscious process--is it a physical or "No fact of abnormal experience can by itself prove that psychological and not a physiological explanation is needed; it is a philosophical problem which must be settled by principle before the explanation of the special facts begins."--Munsterberg. mental phenomenon? This and other similar questions constitute a fertile source of dispute, and the Symposium which recently appeared in this Journal showed the very divergent views held by some of the Leading psychologists and psychiatrists of the day. The present paper is an attempt to investigate the essential nature of this conception, to determine its claims to a place in the structure of modern science, and the position which must be assigned to it within that structure. It will be profitable to first consider the more important stages in the historical development of the theory of the subconscious. Our next step will be an enquiry concerning the characters which modern science demands that a conception shall possess in order to qualify it for admission within its portals. We shall then be in a position to consider how far the conception of the subconscious satisfies these demands, a...

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"Hugo MUnsterberg" (1863-1916) was a professor of psychology at Harvard University. He was widely known for his work in the fields of the applications of psychology to law, business, industry, medicine, teaching, and sociology. He was also a leader in the field of behaviorism for his work, which defines attention in terms of the openness of the nerve paths to the muscles of adjustment. In 1898 he was elected president of the American Psychological Association. Among his works are "Psychology and Industrial Efficiency, Psychotherapy, On the Witness Stand, Psychology and Crime", and "The Eternal Values".

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