The Principles of Psychology


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The most famous book of William James. A monument in Psychology.


Preface

Since the beginners are most in need of guidance, I suggest for their behoof that they omit altogether on a first reading chapters 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 20, 21, and 28.
from chapter 4 to chapters 23, 24, 25, and 26, and thence to return to the first volume again.

Chapter 1 - The Scope of Psychology

Psychology is the Science of Mental Life.
The phenomena are such things as we call feelings, desires, cognitions, reasonings, decisions.

The very Self or ego of the individual comes in this way to be viewed no longer as the pre-existing source of the representations, but rather as their last and most complicated fruit.

If the nervous communication be cut off between the brain and other parts, the experiences of those other parts are non-existent for the mind. The eye is blind, the ear deaf, the hand insensible and motionless.