The Unconscious, a Symposium

The Unconscious, a Symposium

The Unconscious, a Symposium

The Unconscious, a Symposium

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After many centuries, the unconscious which has hitherto been the realm of the mystic or the mesmerist, is now being claimed for science. The psychiatric approach, however, having been made from the standpoint of pathology, by Healy in the field of delinquency, by Freud and his followers in the study of mental disease, has shown the regressive manifestations of the unconscious.

Do there not remain for research other aspects of this hidden activity most potent in thought and behavior? Certainly there is a "chewing of the mental cud, 3) a synthetic process or integrative action from which spring the mathematical imagination, the hypothesis of the scientist, the inspiration of the poet and the intuition of the every-day man. May we learn consciously to utilize this integrative action of the unconscious? May we find the basis of constructive ideation with resultant progressive behavior? Is thought process discoverable?

In the belief that modern science offered valuable clues, Professor W. I. Thomas was asked to organize a conference on this synthetic tendency in the unconscious. He selected a number of specialists representing biology, psychology, psychiatry, sociology and . . .

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