Abnormal psychology by Isador H Coriat

By Isador H Coriat

Irregular Psychology offers a radical grounding for undergraduate scholars with very little earlier wisdom of this advanced sector of psychology. the point of interest is on scientific descriptions, utilizing illustrative case reports, and at the implications of the foremost theoretical views and suitable empirical facts for medical treatment.

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By practice, however, the ability to do the writing increased, and the productions became more complex, until she was able to carry on communications with an alleged control. In this subject, there was neither abstraction nor a trance state and the sense of awareness during the period of writing, was almost complete. The thoughts seemed to precede the writing by the fraction AUTOMATIC WRITING 47 of a second, but they were automatic and independent of the subject. She had no control over these thoughts or over the movements of the hand which was doing the writing.

In these hysterical cases, however, the state of abstraction may be so deep that little or nothing is left of the waking consciousness. Under these circumstances a kind of a new AUTOMATIC WRITING 39 alternating personality has been formed and it is this new personality which does the writing. The real self thus becomes a mere narrow automatism, perhaps almost completely asleep, while the secondary self is active, wide awake, and intelligent. This production of automatic writing while the subject was plunged into a state of deep abstraction, was found in the Beauchamp case and in Janet’s case of Mme.

This Dr. Jekyll and Mr. ”— The Psychological Review, 1905. 32 EXPLORATION OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS functional conditions, such as neurasthenia, psychasthenia, and in certain cases of delirium or mental depression. In hysteria or multiple personality, the new personality may lead an independent existence. Probably the most marked forms of functional neuroses are caused by the action of abnormal ideas or emotions. These ideas and emotions are usually present in groups (complexes) and are linked together as abnormal associations.

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