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Eder, M.D. (1924). General: James Drever. The Classification of the Instincts. The British Journal of Psychology, General Section, 1924, Vol. XIV, Part 3, p. 248.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 5:471.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: General: James Drever. The Classification of the Instincts. The British Journal of Psychology, General Section, 1924, Vol. XIV, Part 3, p. 248.

(1924). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 5:471

General: James Drever. The Classification of the Instincts. The British Journal of Psychology, General Section, 1924, Vol. XIV, Part 3, p. 248.

M. D. Eder

The author would define instinct as behaviour 'forms' controlled by an inner compulsion. He suggests a classification based on three psychological characters: (1) relative specificity, (2) appetition and reaction, (3) relation to emotion. A brief discussion of these characteristics leads to the following classification: (1) general and specific, (2) under each head, into appetitive and reactive, (3) under the last head into simple and emotional. This classification embodies many of the distinctions proposed by other psychologists.

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Eder, M.D. (1924). General. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 5:471

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