Mechanisms of Character Formation: An Introduction to Psychoanalysis

Mechanisms of Character Formation: An Introduction to Psychoanalysis

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Mechanisms of Character Formation: An Introduction to Psychoanalysis

Mechanisms of Character Formation: An Introduction to Psychoanalysis

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Psychology seems always to have been in danger of gravitating, on the one hand, in the direction of metaphysical abstractions and, on the other hand, in the direction of a refined physiology. The carefully conducted laboratory researches under wholly artificial conditions, have, as a rule attracted little general interest and therefore had few practical results. Certainly the field of mental medicine has benefited practically not at all as a result of all the years of laboratory psychology. A man seems to have been considered by the psychologist as an object of experiment and rarely as a human being in a social environment. True, the behaviorists may change all this but in the meantime a new psychology has come into existence, borne of the sufferings and the heart aches of the mentally ill--the psychology which is called psychoanalysis and, no matter what the remote history of events preceding its birth, properly also bears the name of its real creator, Prof. Sigmund Freud of Vienna--Freudian. This is a psychology which had its origin in trying to help sick people, in trying to alleviate their sufferings and from the very first dealt with men and women in the raw, as they really were. This is the psychology I propose to give in outline in this book and which might well be called Humanistic not only . . .

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