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Psychology: The Briefer Course by William…

Psychology: The Briefer Course (1892)

by William James

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There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation.
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“William James is a towering figure in the history of American thought--without doubt the foremost psychologist this country has produced. His depiction of mental life is faithful, vital, and subtle. In verve, he has no equal. . . .
     “There is a sharp contrast between the expanding horizon of James and the constricting horizon of much contemporary psychology. The one opens doors to discovery, the other closes them. Much psychology today is written in terms of reaction, little in terms of becoming. James would say that a balance is needed, but that only by assuming that man has the capacity for growth are we likely to discover the scope of this same capacity.” —from the introduction by Gordon W. Allport

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Psychology is a rich blend of physiology, psychology, philosophy and personal reflection. It introduces the powerful concept of stream of thought." James's landmark work also contains seeds of pragmatism and phenomenology, which have influenced generations of thinkers. This study did much to place psychology among the laboratory sciences based on experimental method.… (more)

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