for a printer friendly version of this page
What follows is an attempt to construct a working model of the
mind. The model is not, of course, a true picture of the mind
in any sense, and it carries with it all of those unfortunate
qualities (misplaced concreteness, emotional flatness, false spaciality,
oversimplification, etc.) that characterize all models of the
mind. But I guess that is all right, because my intention is modest.
With this model I hope to present a structure in diagramatical
form within which I can organize and speak meaningfully about
our complex experiences.
Over the years in which this model has been taking form I have
been influenced by many sources. They include the writings of:
Sigmund Freud, Josef Breuer, Pierre Janet, F. W. H. Myers, Carl
Jung, Milton Erickson, Carl Du Prel, Max Freedom Long (on the
Huna teaching of Hawaii), the Marquis de Puységur, William
James, Morton Prince, Theodore Flournoy, and Ralph Allison. It
is impossible to clearly spell out how each has contributed, but
they have all had some hand in it. In the last analysis, of course,
the model is mine, for better or for worse.
This model is a work in progress. I have discovered that every
time I speak with someone about it, I make changes or clarifications.
For that reason I would like to thank those who have given me
their valuable feedback.
For a complete version of Crabtree's Model of the Mind, in PDF
format, please click here: