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June 1929

Gefühl und Erkennen.

Author Affiliations

Von J. S. Szymanski, Vienna. Supplement No. 33 to Monatsschrift für Psychiatre und Neurologie. Price, 12 marks. Pp. 198. Berlin: S. Karger, 1926.

Arch NeurPsych. 1929;21(6):1463-1466. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1929.02210240238016

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In the introduction the author reviews the subject of feelings and emotions. The structure and quality of feeling are discussed. Feeling is an extremely vague concept in modern psychology. The concept of the term is poorly delimited. On the one hand, one understands feeling in the sense of all nonintuitive experiences; on the other hand, one understands under this term all experiences which can be classified according to the pain and pleasure principle. The author gives a historical review of the evolution of the psychologic term "feeling" especially in connection with the tridimensional theory of feeling by Wundt. The author criticizes Wundt's point of view and states that when feeling is looked on as a state of consciousness it cannot conform with the tridimensional theory; on the other hand, when feeling is understood only in terms of pain or pleasure it is also unsatisfactory, because then Wundt's theory becomes superfluous