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February 1939

Autogenes Training als Erlebnis: Protokoll einer psychologischen Entwicklung.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;41(2):433-434. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270140219022

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This report is a record of observations in self training in relaxation, made daily for thirty-seven days and then weekly for sixteen weeks. The observer was a young woman described in the preface as belonging to an "artistically and mentally superior clan." Presumably this is meant to imply that she is an Aryan. For years she had suffered from disturbances of sleep and from vascular and other vegetative upsets, without organic basis. Under medical direction she attempted in daily practice sessions to achieve relaxation by autosuggestion, meanwhile noting in minute detail her sensations and feelings. She concentrated, for example, on the idea of "quiet," whereon she noted a sensation of coolness in the temples, or after the self suggestion to relax a slight warmth occurred in the axillas. Again, in thinking of sun or heat she learned to ignore the resulting sensations of warmth. Finally, success was achieved in that