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December 1957

Psychosynthesis: A Project for a Scientific Psychology

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;78(6):665. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330420125022

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This privately printed small volume is a curious production. It purports to be a thesis or synthesis, but nowhere is this realized or even attempted. Even in the last chapter there is no summary or hint of synthesis. Nevertheless, this book is considered worthy of a review notice because each chapter is filled with abstractions from an incredible number of references. The book as a whole cites several hundred authorities. The chapter titles are as follows: "Sleep and Consciousness"; "Mood and Feeling"; "Energy, Metabolism and Tone"; "Perception, Memory and Imagination"; "Attention, Concentration and Learning"; "Growth, Maturity and Decay"; "Instinct and Development"; "Environment: Past, Present and Future," and two clinical chapters. There is no index.