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J., E. (1922). How to Psycho-Analyze Yourself: By Joseph Ralph. (Joseph Ralph, California, 1921. Pp. 318.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 3:232-233.
(1922). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 3:232-233
How to Psycho-Analyze Yourself: By Joseph Ralph. (Joseph Ralph, California, 1921. Pp. 318.)
Review by: E. J.
This volume, though interestingly and on the whole sanely written, need not be criticised by any strict standard, for it is obviously intended for an exceedingly 'popular' audience. The list of contents of the chapter entitled 'Grubbing for Mind Worms' contains the following: 'Their Breeding Places', 'Grime from the Trail', 'How Mind Worms spawn', 'Draining morbid Agents', 'Killing off the Mind Worms'. Some of the headings frankly puzzle us, no doubt owing to our linguistic deficiencies: 'An unconscious Jamboree', 'Trouble Bluffs', 'Throwing away mental junk', 'Carrying unbaled hay in a hand satchel', 'Listening in on the Unconscious', 'A mental Roughhouse', 'The go and get it feeling', 'Bumps and Holes in the personality', 'Making mental concentration one continuous joy ride', 'Cleaning off mental barnacles'.
The author thinks highly of the study of philosophy: 'Philosophy is a fine thing when you can take it with your food, go to sleep with it, and blend its influences with the general daily actions. I know it, for I have tried it; in fact, I have so mixed it up in my general perspective that all of my mental attitudes have become more or less seasoned with it. Mr. Reader, Mrs. Reader, Miss Reader, all of you, collectively and individually, try it yourselves. It's fine dope.
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