Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious

Timothy D. Wilson, Author, Wilson, Author Belknap Press $27.95 (272p) ISBN 978-0-674-00936-3
Freud introduced the West to the unconscious, but the last half-century of psychology has reinvented it, argues University of Virginia psychology professor Timothy D. Wilson. In Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious, Wilson attempts to explain why there' s so much about ourselves that we fail to understand, which can lead to misdirected anger. He points to a revised, post-Freudian understanding of how the mind works: the reason that their own judgments, feelings, [and] motives remain mysterious to people is not repression, as Freud argued, but efficiency so that the mind can process and analyze multiple things at once. Wilson looks at ways that readers can probe their unconscious, suggesting that soliciting the opinions of others is actually more valuable than introspection.
Reviewed on: 09/01/2002
Release date: 09/01/2002
Genre: Nonfiction
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