Collective Reflexology: The Complete Edition

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Vladimir Mikhailovitch Bekhterev was a pioneering Russian neurologist, psychiatrist, and psychologist. A highly esteemed rival of Ivan Pavlov, his achievements in the areas of personality, clinical psychology, and political and social psychology were recognized and acclaimed throughout the world. Publication of the complete text of Collective Reflexology brings to the English-speaking world this brilliant scientist's final theoretical statements on how reflexological principles, which he had been developing over a quarter century, can be extended far beyond analysis of the individual personality.

Bekhterev's work grows out of his interest in group psychology and suggestion. This concept of the reflex is much broader than Pavlov's. It is applicable to every variety of life. Bekhterev compared his own analyses to those of other European thinkers such as Comte, LeBon, and Sorokin. Such analyses strained against the official Marxist-Leninist doctrines of the era. Bekhterev died in 1927, allegedly of poisoning by Stalin's henchman. As with many scientists during the Soviet era, his legacy was suppressed. In the normal course of events his name would have been as well known as that of Freud, Pavlov or, more lately, B.F. Skinner. This first publication of Bekhterev's great work in English fills a void in the fields of psychology, sociology, and the history of science.

V.M. Bekhterev was director of the Military Medical Academy in St. Petersburg and founded there its Psychoneurological Institute. Among his many books are Suggestion: Its Role in Social Life (available from Transaction) and The Subject Matter and Goals of Social Psychology.

Lloyd H. Strickland is professor of psychology at Carleton University. He is the author of numerous journal articles and editor of Directions in Soviet Social Psychology and Soviet and Western Perspectives in Social Psychology.

"Bekhterev (1857-1927) is a formidable figure, and his work continues to deserve careful study."-Canadian Psychology

 

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Contents

A Commentary on the Development of Bekhterevs Theoretical Views
1
Part 1
13
Editors Foreword1992
15
In Place of a Foreword
19
Introduction
29
Definition of Collective Reflexology
45
The Subject Matter and Method of Collective Reflexology
59
The Interrelation of Personality and Society
87
The Law of Gravitational Attraction
309
The Law of Repulsion
313
The Law of Equal and Opposite Reaction
317
The Law of Similarity
341
The Law of Periodicity or Rhythm
355
The Law of Inertia
365
The Law of Continual Motion and Change
383
The Law of Energy Dissipation or Entropy
389

The Collective as a Composite Personality
109
On Collectivity
131
Mutual Suggestion Mutual Imitation and Mutual Induction as Unifying Factors
145
Language as a Unifying Factor
163
On Collective Reflexes in General
175
The Development of Collective Movements as Associative Reflexes
181
Collective HereditaryOrganic Reflexes
199
Collective Mood and Collective MimicoSomatic Reflexes
217
Collective Attention and Collective Observation
237
Collective Creativity
245
Coordinated Collective Actions
265
Part 2
271
Editors Foreword1999
273
Foreword
287
The Law of Conservation of Energy
291
The Law of the Proportional Relationship between Speed of Motion and Motive Power
297
The Law of Relativity
393
The Law of Evolution
399
The Law of Differentiation
415
The Law of Reproduction
425
The Law of Selective Integration
429
The Law of Historical Succession
441
The Law of Economy
445
The Law of Adaptation
451
The Law of Selection
457
The Law of Interaction
467
The Law of Compensation or Substitution
475
The Law of Dependent Relations
491
The Law of Individuality
511
Conclusion
517
Index
521
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