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Miller, R.S. (1915). Contributions to the Psychopathology of Everyday Life: Their Relation to Abnormal Mental Phenomena. Psychoanal. Rev., 2(2):121-151.

(1915). Psychoanalytic Review, 2(2):121-151

Contributions to the Psychopathology of Everyday Life: Their Relation to Abnormal Mental Phenomena

Robert Stewart Miller

“Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse unacted desires.”


The Foreword

“Mankind has a bad ear for new music.”—Nietzsche.

The fundamental difference between the old and the new psychology lies in the fact that, in the former, the part played by feeling in relation to mental processes is a subordinate one, whereas, in the latter, it occupies in this connection a very prominent place. The play, so to speak, of our feelings determines, to a great extent, our mental processes: and if, through the interference of the censor of consciousness, no direct play be allowed, then the manifestation of such feelings may be traced indirectly, But if we maintain that feeling plays such a large part in the determination of mental processes, then we are only paving a way for the doctrine of rigid determinism in thought and action, and here we are face to face with a great stumbling-block, at least, as far as the ordinary individual is concerned.

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