Psychology as a Natural Science Applied to the Solution of Occult Psychic Phenomena

Psychology as a Natural Science Applied to the Solution of Occult Psychic Phenomena

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...even necessary, that of the acquired modifications only few of their vestiges be excited; that they, so to say, be merely touched, in order to pass quickly through the necessary excitement and to leave room for others to be excited. It is similar to what we call " tact" (as fine tact of judgment, practical tact). The new psychology proves that this is not at all the result of a special innate talent, but that it is the product of the reproduction and activity of the series of mental modifications, which by former experiences have been acquired, and which now act as the basis upon which the present judgment is executed in full and clear consciousness. But these series of modifications are so numerous and follow each other so rapidly that they do not rise into full consciousness, because neither the quantum of mobile elements nor the time given would suffice to allow their full excitation. They are merely touched passingly, and this slight touching makes it possible to accomplish more in thesame space of time than would be possible if every single modification had to be excited in all its numerous vestiges to its highest degree of consciousness. This takes place in a still higher degree during the process of productive (creative) mental activity, and it is the reason why all higher mental productions are effected more or less unconsciously. The many thousands of psychical acts required to perfect mental work do not and cannot be all developed in a like degree of consciousness. Nevertheless they must be excited sufficiently to be capable of forming the chain of reasoning from the first to the last link of the productive activity. In regard to what is called practical tact we have similar relations. Several series of means for the...show more

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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123664980X
  • 9781236649805