Psychology down the Ages - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXI
UNCONSCIOUS MIND

§ 1. Ancient Beginnings of Doctrine. § 2. Revival at, the Renaissance. § 3. Modern Developments. § 4. Alleged Self- Contradiction. § 5. Reproach of being Hypothetical. § 6. Crucial Questions of Fact. § 7. Upshot.


§ 1. Ancient Beginnings of Doctrine

Among the various mental organizations considered in the preceding chapter were the "subconscious" or "unconscious" neurotic "complexes". Let us now turn to the psychology of the unconscious psyche in general. What has been said as to whether and how a person, besides the mental experiences of which he is aware, undergoes others of which he remains unaware? We are back at the problem which we already had to face when considering what psychology is about (Chapter I).

Furthermore, to portray the rise of the doctrine that experience may occur without knowledge of it, there is an indispensable preliminary, too often overlooked. We ought to consider the origin of the notion that experience is or may be with knowledge. And herewith we are brought back to the topic of introspection, already considered by us with reference to psychological methods of procedure (Chapter IV).

We found there that this idea of self-observation is extremely familiar to common sense and, in fact, constitutes one of the pillars of society. Nevertheless, as

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