Human Personality: And Its Survival of Bodily Death

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 20, 2011 - History - 752 pages
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Frederic William Henry Myers (1843-1901) was a classical scholar who in mid-career turned to the investigation of psychic phenomena. After studying, and later teaching, Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge he resigned his lectureship in 1869, became an inspector of schools, and campaigned for women's higher education. With the encouragement of former colleagues he began a scientific investigation of spiritualism and related phenomena, and in 1882 he helped to found the Society for Psychical Research. This two-volume work, first published posthumously in 1903, contains the fullest statement of Myers' influential theory of the 'subliminal self', which he developed by combining his research into psychic phenomena with his in-depth reading about the latest advances in psychology and related fields. His deeply intellectual approach is evident throughout the book, which analyses a huge amount of interesting data. Volume 1 introduces his theory and discusses dreams and sensory automation.
  

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This book is a milestone in the study of the nature of human experience, a view from that peak in Darien out upon the vast mystery of consciousness and its unknown depths. Google "Irreducible Mind ... Read full review

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There is a big two-volumed book at the end of my science shelf which would, even now, have its right to be called scientific disputed by some of the pedants. It is Myers' "Human Personality." My own ... Read full review

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Contents

GLOSSARY
xiii
EXPLANATION OF PLAN OF ARRANGEMENT AND SYSTEM
xxiii
DISINTEGRATIONS OF PERSONALITY
34
GENIUS
70
SLEEP
121
SENSORY AUTOMATISM
220
APPENDICES TO CHAPTER II
298
APPENDICES TO CHAPTER IV
369
APPENDICES TO CHAPTER V
437
APPENDICES TO CHAPTER VI
565
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Frederic William Henry Myers (6 February 1843, Keswick, Cumberland - 17 January 1901, Rome) was a poet, classicist, philologist, and a founder of the Society for Psychical Research.

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