Applied Psychology (Volume 7); Processes and Personality

Applied Psychology (Volume 7); Processes and Personality


Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Applied Psychology enough to say that a hypnotized person JaneBhiet is not bewitched, is not asleep, but only in a state of concentrated attention. The experiments of Janet and Binet, distinguished French scientists, have shown that in these hysterical cases the sense-impressions are actually received and are retained in a sub consciousness that can be " tapped and made to testify to its existence in various ways." One method of "tapping this sub- consciousness" makes use of the customary inability of these hysterics to give attention to more than one thing or one person at a time ? a fact which in itself indicates that while the senses may operate in their usual mechanica fashion, the field of consciousness is re stricted. Thus, speaking of one of his subjects. Experiments of Janet and M. Janet says: " When Lucie was talk- ing directly with any person she was no longer able to hear anyone else. You may stand behind her, call her by name, shout abuse into her ears, without making her turn around; or place yourself before her, show her objects, touch her, etc., without attracting her notice. When finally she becomes aware of you, she thinks you have just come into the room again and greets you accord- ingly." Now, with this person, and others like her, it has been found that if one step quietly up behind them while they are absorbed in conversation with some one else and whisper in their ear telling them to do some simple thing, such as toMeaning of lift the hand to the face or make some "Automatic Writing" uncouth gesture, they will do as they are directed and their talking consciousness will be unaware of the fact. Going further, by placing paper and pencil before them, they can be made to reply in writing to any simple whispered questions that may be a…
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