Author: Natsoulas, Thomas
Affiliation: U California, Psychology Dept, Davis, CA, USA
Title: The stream of consciousness: IX. James's ejective consciousness (second part).
Source: Imagination, Cognition & Personality, 1995. 15 (2): p.171-191Reference.
Language: English
Subjects: Thesaurus terms: Consciousness States Personality Theory
Added Keywords: presence of "ejective consciousness" & nonconscious mental occurrences in theory of W. James
Classification Code: Personality Theory (3140)
Population Terms: Human
Abstract: Discusses W. James's (1890) thought in The Principles of Psychology regarding what he called 'ejective consciousness.' James held that, in certain altered states, mental occurrences may take place that are not components of the individual's original stream of consciousness. Usually, such split-off occurrences comprise a 2nd stream, which, according to James, is no less conscious and personal than the original stream is. However, the components of the 2nd stream must be distinguished from nonconscious mental occurrences. Whereas James argues at some length against the existence of the nonconscious mental, of which there cannot be any inner awareness by definition, James does countenance the unusual presence of a 2nd stream of consciousness, of which the 1st stream can have knowledge only inferentially, and vice versa. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)