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Riggall, R.M. (1927). Psychology of the Methodist Revival: By Sydney G. Dymond, M.A. (Oxford University Press, 1926. Pp. 296. Price 10 s. 6 d.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 8:435-436.

(1927). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 8:435-436

Psychology of the Methodist Revival: By Sydney G. Dymond, M.A. (Oxford University Press, 1926. Pp. 296. Price 10 s. 6 d.

Review by:
Robert M. Riggall

This interesting book is illuminating and throws new light on the history of the Methodist Revival by reason of its skilful blend of psychological interpretation and historical fact. In his introductory criticism of psycho-analytic technique (pp. 6–8), Mr. Dymond quite fails to appreciate the difference between conscious and unconscious mental processes. He also fails to realize that analysis and synthesis are synonymous in the therapeutic technique. The statement that the analyst employs 'conscious catharsis' for his cure and induces the patient to consciously readjust his energies in the right direction suggests that he fails to realize the importance of sublimation as an unconscious factor. On p. 266 we find this poignant statement: 'To what extent the practice of analytical psychology, purely as a therapeutic method, is likely to issue in a religious attitude, will depend entirely on the mind of the practitioner'. We accept these remarks as applied to analytical psychology; unfortunately, however, the author confuses analytical psychology with psycho-analysis. After this general introduction, and a sketch of the historical background, Mr. Dymond gives us what he calls a Behaviouristic study of John Wesley's mind.

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