The Unconscious: A Conceptual Analysis

The Unconscious: A Conceptual Analysis

The Unconscious: A Conceptual Analysis

The Unconscious: A Conceptual Analysis

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Of the concepts fashioned by recent and contemporary psychology none has so impressed itself upon the public mind as the concept of the unconscious. No doubt there are a variety of reasons for this, but one stands out. It is that this essentially simple notion seems able to relate a far wider range of disparate human phenomena and to subsume the wildly abnormal and the tediously normal activities of human beings under the same headings far more easily than any other explanatory concept advanced so far. Seems able, rather than is able, for here I am speaking of claims made and impressions received rather than of facts established. The importance of this can only be brought out by putting these claims in the context of the aspirations of psychologists. Psychology is today a field that presents a striking contrast. On the one hand there is an enormous quantity of solid experimental and clinical investigation going on in a piece-meal way. A tremendous variety of correlations between different aspects of human action and passion are being established. But most of this work goes on with only the . . .

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