From India to the Planet Mars

From India to the Planet Mars : A Case of Multiple Personality with Imaginary Languages

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A classic in the field of psychology, From India to Planet Mars (1900) depicts the remarkable multiple existence of the medium Helene Smith, who claimed to be the reincarnation of Marie Antoinette, of a Hindu princess from fifteenth-century India, and of a regular visitor to Mars, whose landscapes she painted and whose language she appeared to speak fluently. Through a psychological interpretation of these fantasies, which consisted in the subliminal elaboration of forgotten memories, Theodore Flournoy vastly extended the scope and understanding of the unconscious, and in particular, of its creative and mythopoetic capacities. In the introduction to this work, Soriu Shamdasani evokes the rich cultural and intellectual setting which Flournoy published his findings, and discusses their impact on Freud, Jung, and other pioneers psychology. Originally published in 1994. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press.
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  • Paperback | 388 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 20.32mm | 539.77g
  • Princeton University Press
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Reprint
  • 44 line drawings
  • 0691608997
  • 9780691608990

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"Readers ... will be very interested in the recently published version of Theodore Flournoy's wonderfully written examination of a young medium whom he has diagnosed as having [multiple personality disorder]. This volume is a double treat because in addition to the main body ... it has a fascinating and in-depth scholarly introduction ... that places the book in its historical context and sheds light on its importance then and now."--Contemporary Psychology
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"Two books that became classics in dynamic psychiatry appeared in 1900: Flournoy's From India to the Planet Mars and Freud's Interpretation of Dreams
.... [The former] told the story of Theodore Flournoy's five-year investigation in Geneva of Catherine Muller [whom he called "Helene Smith"], who claimed to have the gift of clairvoyance and the ability to reincarnate, in her mediumistic trances, phases of her previous lives.... This book, as entertaining as a novel by Jules Verne or H. G. Wells, is a deep-reaching analysis of some of the subtle processes of the subconscious mind. It brings evidence of subliminal imaging as a creative and continuous activity."--Henri Ellenberger, The Discovery of the Unconscious

"[Flournoy's study] of a single, complex, extraordinary case remains one of the most detailed case histories of multiple personality theory.... Simply put, [it] is to current-day multiple personality theory what Anna O. was to psychoanalysis--one of the founding cases."--Mark S. Micale
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Table of contents

Editorial Note (1994)Forword: Theodore FlournoyIntroduction: Encountering Helene: Theodore Flournoy and the Genesis of Subliminal PsychologyPreface3Ch. 1Introduction9Ch. 2Childhood and Youth of Mlle. Smith17Ch. 3Mlle. Smith Since Her Initiation into Spiritism28Ch. 4The Personality of Leopold51Ch. 5The Martian Cycle87Ch. 6The Martian Cycle (Continued): The Martian Language123Ch. 7The Martian Cycle (Concluded): The Ultra-Martian165Ch. 8The Hindoo Cycle173Ch. 9The Royal Cycle210Ch. 10Supernormal Appearances223Ch. 11Conclusion265Appendix One: The Making of Martian: The Creation of an Imaginary Language269Appendix Two: Passages Abridged from the 1900 Translation288
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