From India to the Planet Mars: A Case of Multiple Personality with Imaginary Languages by Theodore FlournoyFrom India to the Planet Mars: A Case of Multiple Personality with Imaginary Languages by Theodore Flournoy

From India to the Planet Mars: A Case of Multiple Personality with Imaginary Languages

byTheodore FlournoyEditorSonu ShamdasaniPreface byC. G. Jung

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A classic in the field of psychology, From India to Planet Mars (1900) depicts the remarkable multiple existence of the medium Hélène Smith, who claimed to be the reincarnation of Marie Antoinette, of a Hindu princess from fifteenth-century India, and of a regular visitor to Mars, whose landscapes she painted and whose language she appeared to speak fluently. Through a psychological interpretation of these fantasies, which consisted in the subliminal elaboration of forgotten memories, Théodore Flournoy vastly extended the scope and understanding of the unconscious, and in particular, of its creative and mythopoetic capacities. In the introduction to this work, Soriu Shamdasani evokes the rich cultural and intellectual setting which Flournoy published his findings, and discusses their impact on Freud, Jung, and other pioneers psychology.

Originally published in 1994.

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Title:From India to the Planet Mars: A Case of Multiple Personality with Imaginary LanguagesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:388 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:April 19, 2016Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0691637350

ISBN - 13:9780691637358

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Table of Contents

Editorial Note (1994)

Forword: Theodore Flournoy

Introduction: Encountering Helene: Theodore Flournoy and the Genesis of Subliminal Psychology

Preface 3

Ch. 1 Introduction 9

Ch. 2 Childhood and Youth of Mlle. Smith 17

Ch. 3 Mlle. Smith Since Her Initiation into Spiritism 28

Ch. 4 The Personality of Leopold 51

Ch. 5 The Martian Cycle 87

Ch. 6 The Martian Cycle (Continued): The Martian Language 123

Ch. 7 The Martian Cycle (Concluded): The Ultra-Martian 165

Ch. 8 The Hindoo Cycle 173

Ch. 9 The Royal Cycle 210

Ch. 10 Supernormal Appearances 223

Ch. 11 Conclusion 265

Appendix One: The Making of Martian: The Creation of an Imaginary Language 269

Appendix Two: Passages Abridged from the 1900 Translation 288




Editorial Reviews

"Readers ... will be very interested in the recently published version of Théodore Flournoy's wonderfully written examination of a young medium whom he has diagnosed as having [multiple personality disorder]. This volume is a double treat because in addition to the main body ... it has a fascinating and in-depth scholarly introduction ... that places the book in its historical context and sheds light on its importance then and now."--Contemporary Psychology