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April 1925

Dynamic Psychology.

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By Dom Thomas Moore, Ph.D., M.D. Pp. 439. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1924.

Arch NeurPsych. 1925;13(4):545-548. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1925.02200100124008

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"Dynamic Psychology" is a well written and worth while contribution. The author not only expresses his own conception, but also reviews the various psychanalytic beliefs and schools in the light of his own clinical experience; and, further, he subjects them to the strict measurement of actual practice. The clearness of style adds to the value of the book. The brief historical sketches are interesting and bespeak a well-tilled educational background. For instance, one reads that Aristotle in his "Parva Naturalia" wrote "Concerning Dreams" and "Concerning the Interpretation of Dreams," and had some insight into those modern psychologic disciplines which psychanalysis claims as its own. Moore defines consciousness as the "activity of a living organism of a definite type," and for him it has not wholly lost its significance because of the tremendous importance given to the unconscious. However, the latter is not only admitted but conceded to be a strong