The Self in Psychology

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    MR. ALLEN, with whom we are familiar as the author of “Pleasure and Instinct”, gives us his views on the relation of the self to psychology. Many of the moderns will find it difficult to accept his definition of psychology as the natural history of the conscious experience of men. Are the rest of the animal kingdom to be denied any consideration under the caption psychology? That the study of subjective experiences is the sole province of psychology, and that those phenomena which are only open to inspection by another observer are not to be included seems to us an alarming doctrine, to say the least of it.

    The Self in Psychology:

    a Study in the Foundations of Personality. By A. H. B. Allen. (Psyche Monographs, No. 5.) Pp.282. (London: Kegan Paul and Co., Ltd., 1935.) 10s. 6d. net.

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