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The Machinery of the Mind

The Machinery of the Mind

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 The Machinery of the Mind
 
By Violet Firth(Dion Fortune)
 (version 1.0 draft)
Courtesy of Magical Path <http://www.magicalpath.net/>
 
FOREWORD
 
I am
 
very glad to have the opportunity of commending this little volume to those without any -previous knowledge, who desire to gain a clear idea of the way in which modern psychologyregards the human mind.For every time the words “psychology" and “psychological” were used in the newspapers tenyears ago, they must be used fifty times today; and though very often some other wordwould do just as well, or a good deal better, this sudden vogue has a real meaning. Thepublic has become aware of the existence of psychology. People are beginning to realizethat the human mind, the instrument by which we know and think and feel and strive, mustitself be studied for its own sake if we are to gain a deeper understanding and a greatercontrol of human life.A distinct reaction from the rather narrow materialism of the end of the nineteenth and thebeginning of the twentieth centuries, an increased realization of immaterial, of "spiritual"values, has helped towards giving the mind its rightful place in human interest. On the onehand, modern academic psychology has, for many years now, been gradually emancipatingitself from the chaotic subjectivities of competing philosophies, and developing on reallyscientific lines, with the aid of accurate observation, comparison and experiment. Itsgenuinely and increasingly useful applications to education and to industry are evidences ofthat.On the other hand, the remarkable results of psychoanalysis have been made widely known,though often with that misleading one-sided emphasis which seems fated to attend thepopularisation of any branch of scientific enquiry. And these results have been found notonly interesting but exciting (to some morbidly exciting) because they appeal to instincts andemotions which our civilisation represses and often perverts. Psychoanalysis has indeedbecome a fashionable craze, and as such has doubtless done a certain amount of harm andhas met with a good deal of opprobrium from the serious minded. But psychoanalysis hascome to stay, because, however much it may be misused by the ignorant, the unbalancedand the half-educated, it is both a sound technique of research and a sound therapeuticmethod. And it certainly has a most important contribution to make to the psychology of thefuture.This little book, which can be read through at a sitting, succeeds in the difficult task ofpresenting the rudiments of the modern view of the mind in an easy, lucid and
 
attractiveform. Though I may
 
not agree with every sentence she has written, Miss Firth's developmentof the subject, and of its very intimate connection with human life and human troubles,seems to me not only substantially sound and accurate, but essentially sane and well bal-anced. Her explanation of the different levels of the mind and of the censors by themetaphor of the tank and the sieves is particularly ingenious and helpful. The book willcertainly succeed, to use the author's words, in "planting certain fundamental concepts inuntrained minds so that they may serve as a basis for future studies.”
A.0. TANSLEY.
Courtesy of Magical Path <http://www.magicalpath.net/>
 
CONTENTS
FOREWORD BY
A.
O. TANSLEYINTRODUCTIONI THE PHYSICAL VEHICLE OF CONSCIOUSNESSII THE EVOLUTION OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEMIII HOW AN IDEA ENTERS THE MINDIV THE ORGANISATION OF THE UPPER LEVELS OF THE MINDV THE ORGANISATION OF THE LOWER LEVELS OF THE MINDVI COMPLEXESVII THE INSTINCTSVIII THE SELF-PRESERVATION INSTINCTIX DISEASES OF THE SELF-PRESERVATION INSTINCTX THE REPRODUCTIVE INSTINCTXI DEVELOPMENT CF THE REPRODUCTIVE INSTINCTXII DISEASES OF THE REPRODUCTIVE INSTINCTXIII SUBLIMATIONXIV MALADAPTATION TO ENVIRONMENT AND PSYCHOPATHOLOGYXV CONFLICTXVI REPRESSIONXVII DISSOCIATIONXVIII SYMBOLISATIONXIX PHANTASIES, DREAM'S, AND DELUSIONSXX PSYCHOTHERAPYXXI PSYCHOANALYSISXXII HYPNOSIS, SUGGESTION AND AUTO SUGGESTIONXXIII THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF PSYCHOLOGYXXIV CONCLUSION
 
Courtesy of Magical Path <http://www.magicalpath.net/>

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