Parapsychology on the couch: The psychology of occult belief in Germany, c. 1870-1939

Wolffram, H (2006) Parapsychology on the couch: The psychology of occult belief in Germany, c. 1870-1939. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 42 3: 237-260. doi:10.1002/jhbs.20171

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Author Wolffram, H
Title Parapsychology on the couch: The psychology of occult belief in Germany, c. 1870-1939
Journal name Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-5061
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/jhbs.20171
Volume 42
Issue 3
Start page 237
End page 260
Total pages 24
Editor R E Fancher
Place of publication Brandon, Vt. , .USA
Publisher Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
430108 History - European
780199 Other
2199 Other History and Archaeology
Abstract This article considers the attempts of academic psychologists and critical occultists in Germany during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to construct a psychology of occult belief. While they claimed that the purpose of this new subdiscipline was to help evaluate the work of occult researchers, the emergence of a psychology of occult belief in Germany served primarily to pathologize parapsychology and its practitioners. Not to be outdone, however, parapsychologists argued that their adversaries suffered from a morbid inability to accept the reality of the paranormal. Unable to resolve through experimental means the dispute over who should be allowed to mold the public's understanding of the occult, both sides resorted to defaming their opponent. (c) 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Keyword Germany
History
Parapsychology
Q-Index Code C1

 
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