1st Edition

Catalepsy, Memory and Suggestion in Psychological Automatism
Total Automatism

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ISBN 9780367254117
November 5, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Pierre Janet’s De l'Automatisme Psychologique, originally published in 1889, is one of the earliest and most important books written on the study of trauma and dissociation. Here it is made available in English for the first time, with a new foreword by Giuseppe Craparo and Onno van der Hart.

Catalepsy, Memory and Suggestion in Psychological Automatism examines three aspects of trauma and dissociation. Janet first explores catalepsy and analogous states, including comparing catalepsy to somnambulism, then discusses somnambulism, memory and forgetting. Finally, Janet considers suggestion, amnesia and distraction, as well as considering characteristics of suggestible individuals. Janet’s work is an unsurpassed experimental study of human actions in their simplest and most rudimentary forms, and a fundamental contribution to our understanding of trauma-related dissociation.

This seminal work will be of great interest to researchers and students of psychoanalysis, philosophy and modernism, as well as psychotherapists and psychoanalysts working with clients who have experienced trauma. It is accompanied by Subconscious Acts, Anesthesias and Psychological Disaggregation in Psychological Automatism: Partial Automatism.

Table of Contents

1. Isolated Psychological Phenomena  2. Forgetting and Various Successive Psychological Existences  3. Suggestion and the Narrowing of the Field of Consciousness 



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Pierre Janet (1859–1947) is regarded as one of the most seminal clinicians and thinkers of the last two centuries. His work spanned the fields of psychotherapy, psychology and philosophy.

Giuseppe Craparo, PhD, is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, and Associate Professor of clinical psychology at the Kore University of Enna, Italy. 

Onno van der Hart, PhD, is a psychologist, retired psychotherapist, and Emeritus Professor at Utrecht University.