chapter  7
ON THE LIMITATIONS AND DANGERS OF PSYCHOLOGY
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The growing popularity of psychology in our day is greeted by many as a promising sign of our approaching the realization of the Delphic postulate “Know thyself”. Undoubtedly there is some reason for this interpretation. The idea of self-knowledge has its roots in the Greek and Judaeo-Christian tradition. It is part of the Enlightenment attitude. James and Freud were deeply rooted in this tradition, and undoubtedly they have helped to transmit this positive aspect of psychology to our present era. But this fact must not lead one to ignore other aspects of the contemporary interest in psychology which are dangerous and destructive to the spiritual development of man. It is with these aspects that the present chapter deals.