HUMAN PERSONALITY AND ITS SURVIVAL OF BODILY DEATH - Myers, 1903 PARANORMAL SOUL
HUMAN PERSONALITY AND ITS SURVIVAL OF BODILY DEATH
Book Details + Condition: Longmans, Green, and Co. (London and New York). First edition (second printing), 1903. Hardcover. Complete in two volumes. 700 pages (Vol. I), 660 pages (Vol. II). By the British founder of the Society for Psychical Research, Frederic William Henry Myers. Myers' work on psychical research and his ideas about a "subliminal self" were influential in his time. In the work, Myers speculates on the existence of a deep region of the subconscious mind, the "subliminal self", which he believed could account for paranormal events. He also proposed the existence of a "metetherial world," a world of images lying beyond the physical world. He wrote that apparitions are not hallucinations but have a real existence in the metetherial world which he described as a dream-like world. This belief was in opposition to the views of his co-authors Gurney and Podmore who wrote apparitions were telepathic hallucinations.The work was well received by parapsychologists and spiritualists, being described as "the Bible of British psychical researchers". Chapters include "Disintegration of Personality," "Hypnotism," "Sensory Automatism," "Phantasms of the Dead," "Trance, Possession, and Ecstasy," and more, along with appendices and glossaries. Navy blue cloth covers with gilt lettering to spine. Tight binding; rubbed corners and edges; a bit of fraying to spine ends; light shelf wear to boards; interior is clean and free of markings, save normal age toning to pages. Bookplate of Wellington (NZ) reverend canon Robert Hubert Jones on inside front boards, with owner name on front endpaper.