By Isador H Coriat
Irregular Psychology offers an intensive grounding for undergraduate scholars with very little earlier wisdom of this advanced region of psychology. the focal point is on scientific descriptions, utilizing illustrative case reports, and at the implications of the most important theoretical views and proper empirical proof for medical treatment.
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The most pertinent example of pure fabrications of a highly imaginative character occurring in automatic writing is seen in the “Martian Cycle” of Flournoy’s celebrated case of Mlle. 1 Here the alleged supernormal knowledge of the trance personality was as much fabrication as the communications themselves. For instance, in Mrs. Verrall’s account, the fact that allusions to Neoplatonic phraseology appeared in the script before these writers were read, can well be explained on the basis of a hasty but forgotten glance at their works, or even at some forgotten essay.
Thus when unconscious thoughts break through into waking consciousness, we have disease, because the unconscious wish thus comes into conflict with reality: when unconscious thoughts break through a partially sleeping consciousness, dreams are produced. The repression is, therefore, the process which forces these unconscious thoughts out of consciousness and leads to a mental dissociation. Thus a mental dissociation is the result of this mental conflict and not according to one conception, as due to a weakened mental synthesis.
Chris laughed and thought it was a good joke. ” This remark, later verified by Miss Beauchamp, was one of many which showed Chris had knowledge of Miss Beauchamp’s thoughts. The sequel to this episode was amusing. At a later period I was engaged in making an experimental study of visions, and for the purpose had Miss Beauchamp (BI) 1 “The Dissociation of a Personality,” pp. 54–56. 46 EXPLORATION OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS look into a glass wherein she saw various visions of one kind and another. That is to say, the phenomena of so-called crystal visions were easily produced, and she proved an excellent subject.