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(1914). The Unconscious: The Fundamentals of Human Personality, Normal and Abnormal. By Morton Prince, M.D., L.L.D. New York, The Macmillan Co. 1914. Pp. 549. Price, $2.00.. Psychoanal. Rev., 1(3):358-359.
(1914). Psychoanalytic Review, 1(3):358-359
The Unconscious: The Fundamentals of Human Personality, Normal and Abnormal. By Morton Prince, M.D., L.L.D. New York, The Macmillan Co. 1914. Pp. 549. Price, $2.00.
All who are familiar with Dr. Prince's work in the realm of psychopathology will welcome this book. It is a concise, consecutive, and well written setting forth of the principles for which he has so long stood and which he has spent so many years in carefully elaborating. The book is done in quite his best style.
Dr. Prince's conception of the unconscious is quite different from that of the Freudians. Many of the elements which he considers in this book and which he calls sub-conscious, or co-conscious, the Freudians would call fore-conscious, while certain sets of the personality in the way of types of disposition, which he refers to as distinctly neural processes, the Freudians would see as having certain attributes of a distinctly psychic character, aside from their purely neural character. In fact a considerable portion of the book is taken up with the consideration of fore-conscious phenomena.
Another fundamental difference between Dr. Prince's point of view and the trend of recent psychoanalytic work consists in that he is all the time considering the individual as if the individual were a definite well-defined entity and not an organic part of a larger whole, —the race. In other words, the genetic concept is not at all elaborated in this work, and to that extent it has a certain rigidity which comes of considering the individual as a clear-cut entity.
There are indications in the book that it may be followed by another, in other words, that it is only the general part of a special exposition which is to follow and which will deal specificially with the problems of every-day life and of special pathology. The present work, then, might be considered as laying down the principles upon which the subsequent work is to be founded. The principles represent what, in essence, Dr. Prince believes to be desirable matter for incorporation in a course in psychology in the medical school, and no matter how much we might differ from him in our belief as to just exactly what was best to teach, I think every one would be overjoyed if such a work as this might become a text-book in the medical colleges.
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