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May 1949

Telepathy and Medical Psychology.

Arch NeurPsych. 1949;61(5):596. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1949.02310110131010

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From a broad background of psychiatric experience and much critical observation of so-called telepathic and psychic phenomena, Dr. Ehrenwald has written a book that is bound to stimulate discussion. Building on Rhine's statistical findings and his own intensive study of telepathic persons, he describes the telepathic process as "perception by one person of another person's mental processes." He by no means considers telepathic power to be evidence of a supernormal ability; on the contrary, he conceives of it as compensation for a "minus function" in the personality and the real basis of the delusions of paranoid schizophrenia. He modestly calls his own bridging of the gap between telepathy and the psychoses a hypothesis, but he accepts as valid and proved: (1) the "existence of paranormal cognition as an indisputable bedrock truth"; (2) Freud's pronouncements regarding the id, ego and superego, as well as the unconscious, preconscious and subconscious; (3) the