HOW MAN BEHAVES, OR GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
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The above describes the field of objective psychology now becoming prominent as scientific methods are used in studying mental states. Human beings, however, do not act merely in response to environing stimuli, but are conscious of the objective acts and of how they feel before, after or during the performance of many of them. This consciousness is most prominent in voluntary acts in which there is usually anticipa tion of what is to happen, and comparison with what does happen. For example, one anticipates dusting the books on a shelf, and after it is done is conscious of realization, but he is not necessarily conscious of each motion made in the process. The conscious or subjective phase of human behaviour (that phase of which only the performer knows) may be quite prominent when some acts are performed and be almost or entirely absent during others. There are undoubtedly these two phases or sides of the acts of human beings-the objective, which others as well as the performer may observe, and the conscious or subjective, which only the performer may perceive.