By Isador H Coriat
Irregular Psychology presents a radical grounding for undergraduate scholars with very little prior wisdom of this complicated region of psychology. the focal point is on scientific descriptions, utilizing illustrative case reviews, and at the implications of the foremost theoretical views and suitable empirical proof for medical treatment.
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The Monist, January, 1913. 2 THE SUBCONSCIOUS 19 Because of this persistent action of the unconscious, we are all victims of our unconscious thoughts or complexes. Thus our moral or religious or political views of life are tinged by our latent, unconscious ideas, and yet, by a process of self-deception, we conceal the origin of our views and motives. This concealment, called rationalization, is responsible for the frequently erroneous idea that logic plays a part in our thoughts and motives. 3.
On the activity of this resistance with the consequent repression of unconscious thoughts, is based the Freudian conception of hysteria. The act of repression usually meets with ill success, because the repressed impulses (wishes) and complexes continue to exist in the unconscious and thus send disguised substitutes into consciousness in the form of psycho-neurotic symptoms. 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.
In the second case, a woman had given a check for a certain amount. For certain reasons, some two years later, it became necessary for her to recall the signature on the check, the exact date and place and the bank on which the check was drawn. She remembered that she had read the check carefully over at the time it was given to her, but two years later she could not recall by any amount of conscious effort, the date on the check. When she was placed in a state of abstraction by listening to a monotonous sound stimulus, in a few minutes all the data on the check were recalled.
Abnormal psychology by Isador H Coriat