Psychology, General and Applied

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PART I. PRINCIPLES OF PURPOSIVE PSYCHOLOGY

CHAPTER XXI
IMMEDIATE REALITY

The Two Psychologies .--We have described and explained the world of mental processes. We began with the simplest elements which self-observation discovers in the individual mind and traced their combinations in consciousness. Each elementary content of consciousness was accepted as an accompaniment of simple brain processes, and their interplay explained the structure and function of the whole personality. Finally we studied the combinations of these individuals in social groups and saw that these psychophysical groups are themselves again elements of the widest psychophysical system, the totality of human civilization. There may still be much dispute about the explanation of details; different theories may connect the facts in different ways; and above all, countless facts still demand faithful study before the explanation of the mental material can reach the level which the explanations of the physicist and chemist have reached to-day.

Yet however incomplete may be the picture which the causal psychologist can outline at present, he knows at least that no human mental function can exist which goes on outside of the causally explainable processes. It would be absurd for him to imagine that while most mental processes are explainable, some are of a different kind, demanding therefore a fundamentally different treatment,

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Psychology, General and Applied
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction. the Aims Of Psychology 1
  • Chapter II - The Realm of Psychology 7
  • Book I. Causal Psychology 19
  • Part I. Principles of Causal Psychology 21
  • Part Ii. the Individual Processes 59
  • Part Iii. the Social Group 224
  • Book Ii. Purposive Psychology 283
  • Part I. Principles of Purposive Psychology 285
  • Part Ii. the Individual Experiences 310
  • Part Iii. the Social Experiences 329
  • Book Iii. Applied Psychology 339
  • Part I. Principles of Applied Psychology 341
  • Part Ii. the Psychotechnical Sciences 365
  • Bibliography 471
  • Index 483
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