The Psychology of Relaxation

The Psychology of Relaxation

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The Psychology of Relaxation

The Psychology of Relaxation

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To select for psychological treatment, and to bring together in one book such subjects as play, sport, laughter, profanity, alcohol, and war, may seem to some capricious -- to others, possibly, even sensational. Let me assure the reader that nothing could be farther from my purpose than to make any such appeal to popular favor. I have attempted a prosaic, and, so far as lay in my power, a strictly scientific treatment of these subjects from the psychological and psychogenetic standpoint.

These subjects have been chosen, as I have explained in the introductory chapter, because they all illustrate one fundamental law, that of relief from the stress and tension which characterize our modern life. The connecting idea which links together these several themes is the catharsis idea, but the catharsis idea itself, as it appears in Aristotle and modern writers, I have found it necessary to subject to a new interpretation.

Of the seven chapters in this book, four have . . .

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