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October 1963

Affect, Imagery, and Consciousness: vol I. Positive Affects.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(4):623. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860040219026

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To those of us physicians who were stimulated by the psychology of 35 years ago to enter medical school and learn more about that most fascinating of subjects, ourselves, this book will reawaken our interest. It indicates that some psychologists have at last got away from the frog, the monkey, and similar behavioristic studies. The author is cognizant of the work with computers which are supposed to think and duplicate some of the mental processes of men. He believes that the primary characteristic of a living system is the ability to duplicate or repeat itself and its kind in space and time.

Volume I is devoted to "The Positive Affects." Volume II will consider "The Negative Affects," and Volume III, "Cognition and Ideology." Tomkins properly points out that behaviorism and psychoanalysis have delayed the empirical analysis of consciousness. He believes that the role of consciousness as a control mechanism has

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