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Money-Kyrle, R. (1928). A Synthetic Psychology: Or, Evolution as a Psychological Phenomenon: By Percy Griffith, M.Inst.C.E., M.I.Mech.E., F.G.S., R.San.I. (John Bale, Sons & Danielson, Ltd., London. Pp. 214. Price 7 s. 6 d. net.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 9:129.

(1928). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 9:129

A Synthetic Psychology: Or, Evolution as a Psychological Phenomenon: By Percy Griffith, M.Inst.C.E., M.I.Mech.E., F.G.S., R.San.I. (John Bale, Sons & Danielson, Ltd., London. Pp. 214. Price 7 s. 6 d. net.)

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R. Money-Kyrle

The aim of this book is, according to the author, 'to discover the purpose of Mind in Man' (p. 165). This purpose, we are told, is to attain 'a union of the human mind with the mind in nature' (p. 205), that is, with 'the Divine or perfect Mind, of which the material universe is the expression' (p. 156). Thus Mr. Griffith's cosmological theory is the generalization of his private wish to re-introject his animistically conceived external world.

Mr. Griffith devotes a chapter to psycho-analysis. In it we are told that the Reality Principle represents 'the progressively-acquired knowledge of right and wrong', and that it is 'dynamically directed to the repression of' the Pleasure Principle. Analysts will be interested to hear that 'the popularity of the scheme is due, firstly, to the ethical elements which are accepted as the essential basis of mental life, and secondly, to the prominence given to sexual desires as representing all that is implied by the term "pleasure principle"' (p. 19).

But Mr. Griffith has evidently refrained from an extensive study of psycho-analytical literature, which he regards as often 'of a pornographic character published under the mask of "science", or "psychology", and thus uncensored either by legal authority or public opinion (p. 180)'.

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