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When a physician picks up this book his first query might naturally be: "What need is there for a study of abnormal psychology? Why cannot a psychologist study 'psychiatry' in one of the many good textbooks on that subject?" The authors have partly answered this in their preface by stating: "This text has been written to fill the needs of advanced students in Psychology, Pre-medical students and Medical students who desire more psychological information. The facts and principles of abnormal psychology have been presented by other texts almost entirely apart from the principles of normal psychology. In the present text, the authors have attempted to approach the discussion of abnormal phenomena through consideration of the normal. The symptoms and behavior of the abnormal individuals are not seen as completely new or mysterious ways of reacting but are recognized as exaggerated manifestations of normal functioning. Thus, dissociations of the personality are
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