By Isador H Coriat
Irregular Psychology offers an intensive grounding for undergraduate scholars with very little earlier wisdom of this complicated sector of psychology. the point of interest is on scientific descriptions, utilizing illustrative case experiences, and at the implications of the foremost theoretical views and correct empirical facts for medical treatment.
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The crystal visions in this patient were revivals of past experiences. Some of these experiences the patient remembered; others could only be recalled in hypnosis. For instance, in one of the hypnotic states for which there was no memory on awakening, the emotional reaction was one of hatred and disgust. When a crystal vision of the same experience was produced, the emotional reaction was the same. It seems that whatever device was used for synthesis, either hypnosis or crystal gazing, the reproduced memories were associated with certain emotions.
Fifth, it ought to be possible to reproduce the detached mental state by an artificial method. A dissociation may be normal, as in absentmindedness; it may be artificially produced, as in hypnosis; or it may be abnormal, as in hysteria. CHAPTER II AUTOMATIC WRITING AND CRYSTAL GAZING AUTOMATIC writing can be best understood by giving a brief account of a series of elaborate experiments carried out by Mrs. 1 The phenomena of automatic writing were Mrs. Verrall’s personal products. She carried out a long series of experiments, some 322 in number, upon herself, and obtained as many “consciously” written pieces of script.
Habits and highly skilled movements are complexes which are the result of frequent repetition. They are really unconscious memories, having an automatic action. Now these stored-up complexes, whether conscious or dissociated, may influence the entire psycho-physical life. They may appear in dreams but in a fantastic and distorted manner; they may produce hysterical phenomena, or the dormant complex, if stimulated, may cause recurrent attacks of fear or obsessions, or it may produce certain inhibitions of thought as in the association tests.
Abnormal psychology by Isador H Coriat