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September 23, 1933

The Nature of Human Conflicts or Emotion. Conflict and Will: An Objective Study of Disorganisation and Control of Human Behaviour.

JAMA. 1933;101(13):1024-1025. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740380060037

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In this book the author reports the results of his experimental studies and formulates his theoretical concepts. The theoretical conclusions are developed in close contact with the empirical material. However, the title and the subtitle of the book, "The Nature of Human Conflicts" or "Emotion, Conflict and Will," indicate something different from what the author offers as a result of his investigations. He employs one single experimental setting, which serves as a general indicator for the disturbances of human behavior. This setting is the old jungian word association experiment combined with a motor response to word stimuli. The experimental subject answers to a given word stimulus with the first word that comes to his mind and simultaneously presses with the fingers of the right hand on a pneumatic bulb connected with a drum while the left hand remains passive and holds also an analogous apparatus. The reaction time is measured,

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