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March 1930

The New Psychology of the Unconscious.

Arch NeurPsych. 1930;23(3):617. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1930.02220090212027

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Abstract

This compact volume represents the author's additions and improvements to his original "Dreams and the Unconscious" first published in 1921. Here he deals with such fundamental phases as mental conflict and repression, the psychology of dreams, the practical aspects of mental analysis and the ethical nature of sublimation and moral eduction, dispatching each with a brief discussion. The points of departure are, of course, chiefly views expounded by Freud, and the criticism is of the sweeping generalizations manifest in many of his writings. Valentine adds to the freudian interpretation of dreams the concept that in the dream the completion of a process begun in waking life may be realized. He removes some objections to freudian psychology by pointing out that the psychoanalytic methods and interpretations are merely unfamiliar examples of recognized fundamental laws.

The book is a clear and concise summary of the views of those he chooses to call

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