Taboo Topics

Taboo Topics

Taboo Topics

Taboo Topics

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Mrs. Grundy, the guardian of our decency, is a remarkably versatile lady. She protects not only the front porch of our moral edifice, but also the corridors of our science. Some topics--among them sex, suicide, and death--she declares out of bounds because they offend her social scruples. Others--among them graphology, hypnosis, religion, and parapsychology--she bans because they offend her scientific priggishness. The lady is so alert to both social and scientific impropriety that over the years she has contrived to bowdlerize or banish from the province of psychology many topics of deep human concern. The present volume impertinently takes issue with Mrs. Grundy. Its authors have spent many years countering her taboos, even if with only limited success.

Where would the science of psychology be without its anti- Grundys? In the middle of the nineteenth century, Elliotson and Esdaile, by defying the medical societies in Britain, encouraged . . .

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