The Practitioner Volume 61

The Practitioner Volume 61

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898-07 edition. Excerpt: the mode of inception and the responsiveness to suggestion. That the hypnotism is selfinduced confirms my opinion of the essentially hysterical nature of the whole series of states; for, as Vizioli has shown, it is in hysteria that auto-hypnosis is met with. Objectively, then, this case is one of auto-hypnosis in a hysterical subject. From another point of view, it appears that the patient is possessed by a fixed idea-namely, that his eyes are the cause of his troubles. He probably found, on some occasion, some fancied relief from staring at the light. VVhen, from various causes, he falls below his usual mental level, he reaches a very high degree of mono-ideism. He is obsessed by the necessity of "fixing" his eyes. As Ribot puts it, this obsession is an exaggerated condition of spontaneous attention. The "idea" is accompanied by the " action," and his con scious life is, for the time, restricted to the persistence of one conscious state. But since conscious life really involves change, this persistence of one conscious state comes very near unconsciousness. Again quoting Ribot, the mental condition is a "mental catalepsy." The simile is nearly perfect. There is continuance of one state of consciousness-tonic spasmwhich, negativing change, corresponds to the loss of power of voluntary movement. The wax-like rigidity has a psychical analogue in the response to suggestion. This state of catalepsy of the mind, or absolute monoideism, is the state sought and obtained by most ecstatics. Only, as St. Theresa found, it is not easily attained and is very unstable, necessarily. ' It has a far deeper interest, I think, than any that may attach to it as the vagary of an epileptic in a more

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  • English
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