The Unconscious Significance of Hair

Author:   Charles Berg
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9781032170626


Pages:   110
Publication Date:   01 December 2023
Format:   Paperback
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The Unconscious Significance of Hair


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Originally published in 1951, the implications of this book were thought to be far wider and deeper than its title suggests. 'Hair-activities are chosen merely as a sample of uncritically accepted human behaviour. The author then proceeds to examine them very carefully in the light of dreams, anthropology, folklore, symptoms and perversions. He shows them to be an expression of instinct-driven tensions and conflicts. The popular illusion that they are determined by reason or adaption to reality is exploded. The corollary is inescapable; if in this innocent particular our thoughts and behaviour are symptomatic expressions of an unconscious conflict or complex, how much more psychopathic would our more significant ideas, beliefs, institutions, customs and laws prove to be on similar detailed investigation! Is, therefore, our self-expression in life and civilization nothing more than a symptom, identical in its source and mechanism with the symptoms of nervous and mental illness? The book is really a psychiatric criticism of normality based upon a chosen item of typically normal behaviour. It is, however, written in a way that will be easily understood by every intelligent reader.' This book is a re-issue originally published in 1951. The language used is a reflection of its era and no offence is meant by the Publishers to any reader by this re-publication.

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Author:   Charles Berg
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.208kg
ISBN:  

9781032170626


ISBN 10:   103217062
Pages:   110
Publication Date:   01 December 2023
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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‘Dr Berg, with a wealth of relevant allusion, literary, biological, and anthropological, proves convincingly that hair is not only a prominent link in the chain which forges personality, but that it is also one of the most significant features in the psychopathology of everyday life.’ – Medical World


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Charles Berg (1892-1957)

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