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By Isador H Coriat

ISBN-10: 020398157X

ISBN-13: 9780203981573

Irregular Psychology presents a radical grounding for undergraduate scholars with very little past wisdom of this complicated zone of psychology. the focal point is on medical descriptions, utilizing illustrative case reports, and at the implications of the key theoretical views and correct empirical proof for scientific treatment.

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36 EXPLORATION OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS giving myself the opportunity of recognizing any impression that I might have. I continued this daily. ” These attempts were continued daily for about two weeks and only three attempts were made during the following month. Then, on resuming the experiments, the first successful result was obtained. A strong impulse to change the position of the pencil was felt, and, “in obedience to the impulse I took the pencil between my thumb and first finger and after a few nonsense words, it wrote rapidly in Latin.

It was only when a synthesis of these detached experiences was formed with the waking consciousness that the attacks ceased. Now, in all Mrs. Verrall’s experiments, there was nothing to show that the content of the automatic writing did not represent the previous knowledge and experiences of the subject. The most pertinent example of pure fabrications of a highly imaginative character occurring in automatic writing is seen in the “Martian Cycle” of Flournoy’s celebrated case of Mlle. 1 Here the alleged supernormal knowledge of the trance personality was as much fabrication as the communications themselves.

In both of these latter, there were alleged communications with the planet Mars, with the formation of an elaborate Martian language. In automatic writing the subject may or may not be aware of what the writing hand is producing, but all cases show automatism and independent activity. The test of automatic writing is not the sense of awareness, but rather the independent activity of the consciousness that is doing the writing. Automatic writing may occur in a number of conditions in which there is a splitting of consciousness or in which the mind of the subject lends itself to an easy dissociation.

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