Boris Sidis ( / ˈsaɪdɪs /; October 12, 1867 – October 24, 1923) was a Ukrainian-American psychologist, physician, psychiatrist, and philosopher of education. Sidis founded the New York State Psychopathic Institute and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. He was the father of child prodigy William James Sidis.
1867-1923 Boris Sidis was a Ukrainian-American psychologist, physician, psychiatrist, and philosopher of education. Sidis founded the New York State Psychopathic Institute and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. He was the father of child prodigy William James Sidis.
The course of evolution is to a greater integration of similarly functioning ganglia.The general tendency of evolution is from structure to function, from bondage to freedom of the individual elements.Science is the description of phenomena and the formulation of their relations.Psychology is the science of psychic states both as to content and form, regarded from an objective standpoint, and brought in relation to the living corporeal individual.The psycho-physiological hypothesis is both inductively and deductively the sine qua non of the science of psychology.The man of genius whether as artist or thinker requires a mass of accidental variations to select from and a rigidly selective process of attention.Not purpose but chance is at the heart of mental life.The fact that psychology postulates an external material world and studies it in so far as it comes to be reflected in consciousness, points to another postulate which psychology must assume in add...
- Multiple Personality: An Experimental Investigation Into Human Individuality
- The Foundations of Normal and Abnormal Psychology
- The Causation and Treatment of Psychopathic Diseases
- The Source and Aim of Human Progress
- Nervous Ills Their Cause and Cure
The main source of psychopathic diseases is the fundamental instinct of fear with its manifestations, the feeling of anxiety, anguish, and worry.
It is not the citizen, or a taxpayer, or voter, or office-holder, but the cultivated, free individual who is the true aim of all social progress.Self-preservation is the central aim of all life-activities.The tendency of life is not the preservation of the species, but solely the preservation of each individual organism, as long as it is in existence at all, and is able to carry on its life processes.The recognition, the diagnosis, and the preservation of psychopathic individuals account for the apparent increase of neurotics in civilized communities.It is time that the medical and teaching profession should realize that functional neurosis is not congenital, not inborn, not hereditary, but is the result of a defective, fear-inspiring education...Human institutions depend for their existence and stability on the impulse of self-preservation and its close associate, — the fear instinct.
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Born in Ukraine, he emigrated to the U.S. in 1887 to escape political persecution. Due to the May Laws, he was imprisoned for at least two years, according to William James Sidis' biographer, Amy Wallace. He later credited his ability to think to this long solitary confinement.His wife, Sarah Mandelbaum Sidis, M.D., and her family fled the pogroms ...The Psychology of Suggestion: A Research into the Subconscious Nature of Man and Society(1898)Psychopathological Researches: Studies in Mental Dissociation(1902)Multiple Personality: An Experimental Investigation into Human Individuality(1904)An Experimental Study of Sleep(1909)^ Sidis' birthplace is commonly listed as Kiev. However, a biographical note from his daughter (http://www.sidis.net/Borisabout.htm) says he was born in "Berditchev," a small town about 150 km SW...^ His writings are available at http://www.sidis.net/boris_sidis_archives.htm
Boris Sidis Bibliography Clickable and Printable Sample of his b ooks online here... Click book covers or underlineds to read / save / print. To print in b/w select all, copy, and paste into word processor. Click empty space on page to activate mouse-wheel scrolling. Text size can be adjusted in 'View' window. LEON HANSEN'S SIDIS COLLECTION
Boris Sidis - Biography. Boris Sidis, Ph.D., M.D. (October 12, 1867 - October 24, 1923) was a Ukrainian Jewish psychologist, physician, psychiatrist, and philosopher of education. Sidis founded the New York State Psychopathic Institute and the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. He was the father of the child prodigy William James Sidis.
SIDIS, BORIS (Oct. 12, 1867 - 0ct. 24, 1923), psychologist, was born in Kiev, Russia, the son of Moses and Mary or Elizabeth (Marmor) Sidis. His family was in comfortable circumstances, and he was tutored at home under the direction of his father until the age of seventeen, when he was sent to a government school at Kishinev in southern Russia.