The Unconscious: The Fundamentals of Human Personality: Normal and Abnormal

The Unconscious: The Fundamentals of Human Personality: Normal and Abnormal

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The Unconscious: The Fundamentals of Human Personality: Normal and Abnormal

The Unconscious: The Fundamentals of Human Personality: Normal and Abnormal

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This work is designed to be an introduction to abnormal psychology. The problems considered, however, belong equally to normal psychology in that they are problems of psycho-physiological functions and mechanisms. I have made no attempt to develop any particular school of psychological theory but rather, so far as may be, to gather together the knowledge already gained and lay a foundation which can be built upon by any school for the solution of particular problems, especially those of special pathology. I have therefore endeavored to avoid controversial questions although this, of course, has not been wholly possible, and indeed so far as special pathological conditions (the psychoses) have been considered, it has been for the purpose of providing data and testing the principles adduced. The inductive method, alone, I believe, as in the physical sciences, can enable us to arrive at sound conclusions--justify the formulation of theories to explain psychological phenomena. Because of the very difficulties of this field of research--one of which is that of submitting to experimental conditions complex psychological phenomena having so many factors--it is all the more incumbent that the inductive method should be employed. To my way . . .

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