Principles of Psychotherapy

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Macmillan, 1924 - 322 pagine
 

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Pagina 15 - You say a boil is painful; but that is impossible, for matter without mind is not painful. The boil simply manifests, through inflammation and swelling, a belief in pain, and this belief is called a boil.
Pagina 41 - At this time a foreign physician, Dr. S. Freud of Vienna, came to Salpetriere and became interested in these studies. He granted the truth of the facts and published some new observations of the same kind. In these publications he changed first of all the terms that I was using; what I had called psychological analysis he called psychoanalysis; what I had called psychological system...
Pagina 41 - ... he called complex; he considered a repression what I considered a restriction of consciousness; what I referred to as a psychological dissociation, or as a moral fumigation, he baptized with the name of catharsis. But above all he transformed a clinical observation and a therapeutic treatment with a definite and limited field of use into an enormous system of medical philosophy.
Pagina 194 - ... plain we cannot always be successful. He has found in his studies that one of the most common causes for mental ill is inability to accept a defeat, to give up, to call it done. The constant, futile, ever-recurring attempt to do the impossible drives men mad. Let us use one of his own illustrations. I have just received a disagreeable letter which demands an answer that is quite difficult and painful to write. I think about writing this answer and I compose it almost completely in my imagination,...
Pagina 131 - ... reflection is always slow, difficult, and brief. Under the influence of various circumstances that determine fatigue or emotions, they have a momentary depression that renders them for some time incapable of anything more than an immediate assent. . . . The idea that we put into the mind, at a favourable moment when the power of reflection is worn out, becomes the object of an immediate assent and is transformed into an impulsion. It is this experimental arousal of an impulsion that is the essential...
Pagina 46 - The Principles of Psychotherapy": "It is interesting to note that we are again concerned with a psychotherapeutic method whose roots extend into the French animal magnetism. Psychoanalysis is to-day the last incarnation of those practices, at once magical and psychological, that characterised magnetism. It maintains the same characteristics, the use of imagination and the lack of criticism, the vaulting ambition, the contagious fascination, the struggle against orthodox science. It is probable that...
Pagina 15 - God is good. Good is mind God, spirit being all, nothing is matter. Now I do not propose to criticize this form of psychotherapy when employed by itself or even in conjunction with advice as to diet, breathing and raiment. Here we are dealing with robust empirics beyond the scope of our present survey. I wish to examine rather the contention that a scientific therapy...
Pagina 112 - ... charity. Such an ethics is to alter his will as a whole. Such a profound change of morals will indirectly suppress all the symptoms, for it is obvious that a will that has reached such a high degree of superiority will no longer tolerate such defects. From the theoretic point of view that seems to be superb; from the practical point of view, it leaves me uneasy. Doubtless it is always useful and right to change a lazy coward into a brave worker, or an egoist into a generous man, and such a transformation...
Pagina 128 - Suggestion is a particular reaction to certain perceptions; this reaction consists in the more or less complete activation of the tendency that has been evoked, without this activation being completed by collaboration with the whole personality.
Pagina 247 - ... their real nature, by disguising them under other names. In studying mental agencies in general we have just observed that miraculous cures at sacred springs or in the magnetist's cabinet very often depend on a nervous and mental stimulation caused in an individual by the part he was made to play. ... If the forms of psychic stimulation are disguised in most of the foregoing methods, they are, on the contrary, quite evident in the moral therapies that make use of work, faith, or guidance. In...

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