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The Process Approach to Personality : Perceptgeneses and Kindred Approaches in Focus - Gudmund Smith

The Process Approach to Personality

Perceptgeneses and Kindred Approaches in Focus

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Some Implications of the Perceptgenetic Studies We should be most grateful to Professor Gudmund Smith for this compilation of studies on perceptgenesis (PG). Smith and his colleagues at Lund University are part of a small insurgency in psychology that has worked gamely and in relative obscurity to document the presence of subjective phases in the process leading to a perceptual object and the infrastructure of this process in the personĀ­ ality. Smith describes ingenious methods to probe this hidden undersurface, and of a perceptual object is, in the ordinary demonstrate that the experiential content an object sense, pre-perceptual. That is, the feeling, meaning and recognition of are not attached to things out there in the world after they are perceived, but are phases ingredient in the process through which the perception occurs. To most psychologists, this statement would appear so radical as to be hardly worth refuting. A subjective approach to perception undermines the realism, consensual validation, and objectivity of a descriptive science of the mind. It is much simpler to interpret the 'psychic contribution' to object perception as an addition to physical nature. However, the idea that objects are assemblies of sensory bits linked to feeling and meaning, associated to memories for recognition and interpretation and then projected back into the world where we see them, though at first blush appealing to common sense, is so implausible that one is mystified by its universal acceptance.

Introductionp. 1
Theoretical Backgroundp. 5
Definition of Processp. 5
Ontogenesisp. 5
Adaptationp. 7
Microprocesses (Microgeneses/Perceptgeneses)p. 8
Can Percept Genes Be Proved?p. 12
Subliminal Perceptionp. 13
Further Elaboration of the Concept of Processp. 13
Micro, Macro Parallelismsp. 15
Development of Instruments: The Serial Perspectivep. 17
The Beginningp. 17
The Harvard Projectp. 18
The Prehistory of the Serial Color-Word Testp. 19
The Original Experimentp. 19
The Meaning of the Serial Patternsp. 20
Psychometric Propertiesp. 21
Criticismp. 22
Other Attempts at Evaluationp. 22
Development of Instruments: The Visual Afterimage Perspectivep. 25
The Twin Studyp. 25
A Closer Look at the Phenomenology of Visual Afterimagesp. 26
Mature and Immature Afterimagesp. 27
Experiments with Mature versus Immature Afterimage Theoriesp. 28
Experiments with Peripheral versus Central Afterimage Theoriesp. 32
Interaction between Afterimage Theory and Personalityp. 34
Concluding Remarksp. 36
AI Serials as Processesp. 36
Application of the AI Methodp. 38
Development of Instruments: Measurement of Self-Nonself Integrationp. 39
Spiral Aftereffectsp. 39
The Oculogyral Illusionp. 41
Field Dependencep. 42
An Alternative Approach to Field Dependencep. 43
Development of Instruments: Genuine Perceptgenetic (PG) Methodsp. 45
Methods of Presentationp. 46
Tachistoscopic Techniquesp. 46
The Amauroscopic Techniquep. 47
The Ambient to Focal Retinal Stimulationp. 48
What Different Picture Themes May Reveal in Perceptgenesesp. 50
Loss of Fatherp. 50
Object Relations in Perceptgenesis and in Lifep. 51
Mother Child Relationsp. 52
Instruments to Map Anxiety and Defense against Anxietyp. 52
A Critical Appraisalp. 55
A Test of Flight Phobiap. 56
The Reversed of Genesisp. 56
Applications of the Serial Color-Word Testp. 59
Psychosis, Reflected in Secondary Typesp. 59
Defect and Loss of Control in Secondary Typesp. 62
Compulsive Typesp. 62
The Diagnostic Value of Primary Typesp. 63
Afterimage Trends in Applied Researchp. 65
Anxietyp. 65
Anxiety and Psychotic Symptoms in Children and Youngstersp. 67
Psychotic Discontinuity in Adultsp. 69
Sensitivityp. 72
Applications of the Spiral Aftereffect Technique, the Oculogyral Illusion, and the Rod-and-Frame Testp. 73
Serial Aftereffectsp. 73
The Oculogyral Illusion and Smokingp. 75
The Rod-and-Frame Test and Psychosomaticsp. 75
Applications of Percept Genetic Methodsp. 77
DMT and Traffic Accidentsp. 77
The Rehabilitation of the DMT as a Clinical Testp. 78
A Study of Fear of Flyingp. 79
MCT and the Hierarchy of Defensesp. 80
Prediction of Suicidep. 81
Prediction of Rehabilitationp. 82
Neuropsychological Perspectivesp. 85
The Value of Medium Creativityp. 87
Experiments with Subliminal Manipulationp. 89
The Beginningp. 89
The Identity Test (IT), Basic Designp. 90
Two Person Designsp. 91
One Person Designsp. 93
Summary and Conclusionsp. 97
To Summarizep. 97
A Common Frame of Reference for the Hierarchy of Processesp. 100
Instruments: General Methodsp. 102
The Serial Color-Word Test (S-CWT)p. 102
The After Image Testp. 103
The Spiral Aftereffect (SAE) and Spiral Aftereffect Technique (SAT)p. 103
The Defense Mechanism Test (DMT)p. 103
The Defense Mechanism Technique modified (DMTm)p. 104
The Meta Contrast Technique (MCT)p. 104
Instruments: Specialized Methodsp. 104
In Conclusionp. 106
Referencesp. 109
Name Indexp. 117
Subject Indexp. 121
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ISBN: 9780306465758
ISBN-10: 0306465752
Series: Path in Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 123
Published: 30th September 2001
Publisher: Springer Science+Business Media
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.86