Abnormal psychology by Isador H Coriat

By Isador H Coriat

Irregular Psychology offers an intensive grounding for undergraduate scholars with very little prior wisdom of this complicated quarter of psychology. the focal point is on medical descriptions, utilizing illustrative case reports, and at the implications of the most important theoretical views and appropriate empirical proof for scientific treatment.

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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. Automatic writers may show other signs of mental disintegration (such as crystal gazing), and it has also been found to occur in multiple personality and in certain forms of functional amnesia. In both these latter the writing reproduces experiences which the subject cannot voluntarily recall to consciousness as memory. Yet the ability to do automatic writing is not always an evidence of disease, as the phenomenon may occur and be increased through practice in perfectly normal and wellbalanced individuals.

She was now able to recollect the exact date, the name of the bank, the name of the person to whom the check was payable, the number of the check, and finally the signature. By means of crystal gazing it was also possible to produce a vivid visual hallucination of the check. In the third case, a young man whose betrothal was not approved by his mother who wished him to honorably terminate it, had the two following dreams. Dream I. He seemed to be in a lawyer’s office. The assistant was making notes and writing figures on sheets of paper, which figures when added made the sum 3990.

AUTOMATIC WRITING 45 In the course of the interview of May 1, reported in the last chapter, Chris remarked that she smelled the odor of a cigarette which I had been smoking. I offered her one. Delighted at the idea, she accepted, but smoked the cigarette very clumsily. The fact that smoking is something absolutely repugnant to Miss Beauchamp’s taste added to Chris’s enjoyment. Her manner was that of a child in mischief. ” she laughed. ” “She is not in the habit of smoking cigarettes. ” Miss Beauchamp when awakened, entirely ignorant of what she had been doing, complained of a bitter taste in her mouth, but could not identify it, and I did not enlighten her.

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