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A Mind That Found Itself

Auhtor: Clifford Whittingham Beers

Language: english
Published: 1908

Genres:

biography,  psychology
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Review by A. Dent, October 2008


Rating: (***)
Copyright: Public Domain in the U.S.
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Summary of the Book 'A Mind That Found Itself':

Treatment of mental illness has come a long way. I know of a resident that still talks about shock treatment.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Mind That Found Itself':


... lack of preparation. However well prepared I might be, the moment I was called upon, a mingling of a thousand disconcerting sensations, and the distinct ...
... remember one which included a row on Lake Whitney, near New Haven. This I intended to take in the most unstable boat obtainable. Such a craft could be ...
... have occasionally gossipped-a little. And this was my punishment: persons in an adjoining room seemed to be repeating the very same things which I had ...
... is less trifling than it seems for it proves the value of strategy as opposed to brute and sometimes brutal force, of which I shall presently give some ...
... an aggregate sort of supervision, with fifteen or twenty other patients. Here I had no special attendant by day, though one slept in my room at night. Of ...
... Review, Edinburgh Review, London Quarterly, and Blackwood's. There were also copies of Harper's and The Atlantic Monthly, dated a generation ...
... made positive. Of hundreds of impressions made during that depressed period I had not before been conscious, but from the moment my mind, if not my full ...
... them with vituperative ultimatums. These were double-edged, and involved me in trouble quite as often as they gained the ends I sought. The ...
... attendant did not take Mr. Blank for a walk that morning. Nor, so far as I know, was the latter ever forced again to take his exercise against his will. XVI. The ...
... They continued to ignore me. By sundown the furious excitement of the morning had given place to what might be called a deliberative excitement, ...
... to increase my excitement that Jekyll-Hyde at last withdrew, it will be observed that he did not do so until he had satisfied an unmanly desire which ...
... a few miles distant and not until the train had passed the prison station did I believe that I was really on my way to the State Hospital. XVIII. The ...
... Bull Pen, where the several victims of their abuse might have given them a deserved dose of their own medicine. This scheme of mine was a prank rather ...
... of reasonable desires which kept me a seeming maniac and made seeming maniacs of others. Whenever I was released from lock and key and permitted to mingle ...
... culture. Art galleries, libraries, museums and theatres of a dreamlike splendor were to rise whenever and wherever I should will. Why absurd. Was it not ...
... to waste any space-hence the masterpiece-drawn in five minutes. Never drew a line till September 26 (last) and never took lessons in my life. I think ...
... a book which should arouse sympathy for and interest in that class of unfortunates in whose behalf I felt it my peculiar right and duty to speak. ...
... several consecutive hours with his employers without arousing their suspicion as to his mental condition, was to be suspected by his own relatives. Nor, ...
... from all except near relatives and a few intimate friends who shared the secret. I quite enjoyed leading this legitimate double life. The situation ...
... of these three men of world-wide reputation. Is it not, then, an atrocious anomaly that the treatment often meted out to insane persons is the very ...