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An Introduction to Social Psychology

By Mcdougall, William

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Excerpt: Preface to the Fourteenth Edition. In this little book I have attempted to deal with a difficult branch of psychology in a way that shall make it intelligible and interesting to any cultivated reader, and that shall imply no previous familiarity with psychological treatises on his part; for I hope that the book may be of service to students of all the social sciences, by providing them with the minimum of psychological doctrine that is an indispensable part of the equipment for work in any of these sciences. I have not thought it necessary to enter into a discussion of the exact scope of social psychology and of its delimitation from sociology or the special social sciences; for I believe that such questions may be left to solve themselves in the course of time with the advance of the various branches of science concerned. I would only say that I believe social psychology to offer for research a vast and fertile field, which has been but little worked hitherto, and that in this book I have attempted to deal only with its most fundamental problems, those the solution of which is a presupposition of all profitable work in the various branches of the science.

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Contents Preface to the Fourteenth Edition ....................................................... 5 Chapter I: Introduction ..................................................................... 13 Section I: The Mental Characters of Man of Primary Importance for His Life in Society ..................................................................... 26 Chapter II: The Nature of Instincts and Their Place in the Constitution of the Human Mind ............................................................ 26 Chapter III: The Principal Instincts and the Primary Emotions of Man ........................................................................................... 42 Chapter IV: Some General or Non-Specific Innate Tendencies ........ 69 Chapter V: The Nature of the Sentiments and the Constitution of Some of the Complex Emotions. ............................................... 90 Chapter VI: The Development of the Sentiments. ...........................115 Chapter VII: The Growth of Self-consciousness and of the Self- Regarding Sentiment ............................................................... 124 Chapter VIII: The Advance to the Higher Plane of Social Conduct. ................................................................... 148 Chapter IX:Volition ........................................................................ 160 Section II: The Operation of the Primary Tendencies of the Human Mind in the Life of Societies ................................................... 184 Chapter X: The Reproductive and the Parental Instincts ............... 184 Chapter XI: The Instinct of Pugnacity ........................................... 192 Chapter XII: The Gregarious Instinct. ........................................... 203 Chapter XIII: The Instincts through which Religious Conceptions Affect Social Life .................................................................... 207 Chapter XIV: The Instincts of Acquisition and Construction ........ 218 Chapter XV: Imitation, Play, and Habit. ........................................ 220 Supplementary Chapter I: Theories of Action ............................... 237 Supplementary Chapter II: The Sex Instinct .................................. 259 Supplementary Chapter III: The Derived Emotions ....................... 285 Notes .............................................................................................. 301

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Title: An Introduction to Social Psychology  
Author: Mcdougall, William
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Language: English
Subject: Political science., Economics and literature, Economic & political studies series
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Publisher: Archive for the History of Economic Thought
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