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March 1944

Mind: Perception and Thought in Their Constructive Aspects.

Arch NeurPsych. 1944;51(3):303. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1944.02290270092017

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This is an exciting book—stimulating, arresting, irritating at times. It was virtually completed by Schilder before his untimely death, but shows evidence toward its end of slackening in the acuteness of reasoning that is present in the earlier parts. One would have enjoyed further discussion of the nature of consciousness and of psychic energy. As he indicates in his foreword, Schilder uses the principles gained in the investigation of the body image in an attempt to define the phenomena of perception and thought. He continues: "I extend the results and methods of modern psychology into a field which so far has not been studied from this point of view. As is every serious worker in this field, I am deeply influenced by Freud. However, guided by my own efforts and by my own material, I have developed my own ideas. Freud's work is an era in psychology. In order to