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Gabe, S. (1950). Psychosomatic Medicine. XI, 1949: Mind, Unconscious Mind, and Brain. Sandor Rado. Pp. 165–168.. Psychoanal Q., 19:447.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychosomatic Medicine. XI, 1949: Mind, Unconscious Mind, and Brain. Sandor Rado. Pp. 165–168.

(1950). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 19:447

Psychosomatic Medicine. XI, 1949: Mind, Unconscious Mind, and Brain. Sandor Rado. Pp. 165–168.

S. Gabe

The use of the term 'unconscious', according to Rado, has a serious drawback in that 'To the emotionally inspired imagination, unconscious mind appears like a department of mind working "below" or "outside" awareness; as it were like another, mysterious mind, a thing in itself'. He proposes the adoption of the term 'nonreporting', as equivalent to 'unconscious', to avoid this metaphysical implication. Much of the activity of the central nervous system is physiological in that it has no direct effect upon consciousness; this activity Rado designates 'nonreporting'. The psychological meaning of nonreporting nervous activity can be arrived at only by a process of psychological inference—as when speaking of an unconscious or nonreporting desire, a missing causal agent is referred to which acted as if it had been a desire but was in fact a physiological event. Unconscious mind is therefore nothing mysterious or metaphysical. 'It is merely a nonreporting organization of causative links between processes of which we are aware.' Rado restates a number of psychological and psychoanalytic data in terms of their relationship 'to, from, and at nonreporting levels'.

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Gabe, S. (1950). Psychosomatic Medicine. XI, 1949. Psychoanal. Q., 19:447

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