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An Outline of Abnormal Psychology

1st Edition

By William McDougall


572 pages

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Originally published in 1926, a complement to the author’s Outline of Psychology, this book surveys the field of neurotic and mental disorders in so far as they are not due to gross organic lesions. It discusses this principal types of mental process that are abnormal or disorderly in the sense that they are departures from the fully waking processes of the normal mind, seeking to understand them in terms of the general principles laid down in the earlier volume. Sleep, the influence of drugs and suggestion, conflict and repression, automatisms and somnambulisms, morbid fears, obsessions and impulsions, perversions, delusions, exaltation and depression, multiple personalities, psycho-therapy, and the schools of abnormal psychology – these and many others are the topics discussed from the point of view, not of medical practice, but of psychological theory. A book, not for the medical expert only, but for every man or woman interested in the riddle of human personality.

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Sketch of the Schools of Abnormal Psychology 2. On the Nature of Functional Disorders in General 3. Fatigue, Drugs, and Sleep 4. Hypnosis 5. Theory of Hypnosis and Suggestion 6. Theories of Suggestion of Janet and Freud 7. Dreaming 8. Freud’s Theory of Dreaming 9. Jung’s Theory of Dreaming 10. Day-Dreaming 11. Conflict, Repression, and the Complex 12. Dissociation 13. Automatisms – Fugues, Somnambulisms, Fits 14. Vague Fears and Anxieties 15. Symbolisation and Symbolic Symptoms 16. Regression 17. Tics and Stereotyped Movements 18. Compulsions and Obsessions 19. Perversions of the Sex Impulse 20. Delusions 21. Hallucinations 22. Exaltation and Depression 23. Schizophrenia 24. Epileptoid Seizures 25. Freud’s Views on the Nature and Causation of Neurotic and Mental Disorders 26. Freud’s Therapy 27. Dr. Alfred Adler’s Theory of the Neuroses 28. Psychological Types and Their Relations to the Disorder-Process 29. Psychotherapeutic Methods and Mental Hygiene 30. Alternating Personalities 31. Coexisting or Coconscious Personalities 32. Trance Personalities 33. Theory of Personality and of its Disintegration 34. Integration and Disintegration from the Point of View of Consciousness. Appendix – The Definition of the Sexual Instinct. Index.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health