McDougall, William, 1871-1938.

An introduction to social psychology [electronic resource] / by William McDougall. - 8th ed. / containing supplementary chapters on theories of action and on the sex instinct. - Boston : J.W. Luce, 1914. - xvii, 431 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.

Includes index. Includes index.

"The first section begins with the elucidation of that part of the native basis of the mind which is the source of all our bodily and mental activity. It deals with the characters of the individual mind that are of prime importance of the social life of man. Of this section it might be said that it is not properly a part of a social psychology. Nevertheless it is an indispensable preliminary of all social psychology, and, since no consistent and generally acceptable scheme of this kind has hitherto been furnished, it was necessary to attempt it. For social psychology has to show how, given the native propensities and capacities of the individual human mind, all the complex mental life of societies is shaped by them and in turn reacts upon the course of their development and operation in the individual. In Section II, I have briefly indicated some of the ways in which the principal instincts and primary tendencies of the human mind play their parts in the lives of human societies; my object being to bring home to the reader the truth that the understanding of the life of society in any or all of its phases presupposes a knowledge of the constitution of the human mind, a truth which, though occasionally acknowledged in principle, is in practice so frequently ignored"--Book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).

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