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Divided Consciousness: Multiple Controls in Human Thought and Action (Wiley series in behavior) Hardcover – November, 1977


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  • Series: Wiley series in behavior
  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc (November 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471396028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471396024
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,209,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. L Miller on August 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I liked Hilgard's Divided Consciousness so much I based a novel (Dreamer) on the research.
Divided Consciousness is the only psychology book you will read that will give you chills. It is *that* good. In fact, I use it as a test for books on "quantum consciousness" and the like. If the index doesn't include Hilgard or "hidden observer" then I don't buy the book. Here's why: E.I. Hilgard discovered what may be one of the most important aspects of human consciousness--the hidden observer phenomenon. It appears only during deep hypnosis--at +50 or +60 level--where time and space are perceived (by the subject) as one. Hilgard thought the hidden observer performed an executive function for the mind--essentially organizing the various personalities according to task (suppose you're driving down the road, listening to the radio, thinking about work and a deer jumps into the highway ahead of you--who is it that causes you to put your foot on the brake?)
Several psychologists have discussed "multiminds" in books, but the hard fact is, the hidden observer phenomenon has never really been studied thoroughly. It's like talking about the company organization without ever mentioning the CEO--or IT group.
Nor has the hidden observer been studied vis a vis any other psychological phenomenon. Read this book and you'll want to send it to researchers like Rupert Sheldrake, or Brenda Dunne at the Princeton Anomalies(PEAR)Lab.
The hidden observer may even explain an annoying near-death study phenomena--the fact that the life review is occasionally seen from a third person point of view. In other words, if you're on the stage acting out your life, who's the guy in the audience with the camera?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David L. Crosby on February 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Do a google search on hidden observer and you will find the concept central to Yoga, the Enneagram, and most religious studies.

Hypnosis studies have verified there is a part of our minds that is aware even when we are in deep anesthesia for surgury, drugged, drunk, knocked out, even clinicly dead. For some this is seen as proof of the existence of the soul, and the idea that life is eternal. A very interesting concept.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Giulio Prisco on July 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have been strongly impressed by Dreamer and wish to recommend it to everyone.
Funded by some government agency, a clinic recruits volunteers for a "total recall" memory retrieval project. With the help of hypnosis and suitable technology patients are able to travel within their own memories and re-experience their past in all detail. The main character Mike is in advertising and participates in the project hoping to retrieve useful memories of the sixties' look-and-feel. Of course, he becomes more and more involved with his own past friends and love stories. Miller's accounts of Mike's trips to the past are very good visual descriptions of America in the sixties. Of course Mike and his fellow patients start by experiencing the past as passive observers (like watching a movie), but at some point things become more complex, with questions on the deep structure of reality and hints at "many-worlds"-like (Everett) interpretations of quantum physics.
Surprisingly for a book with a lot of challenging intellectual content, Dreamer is very well written and has believable characters in the past and in the present.
Besides foundational work in quantum physics Miller acknowledges a debt to Ernest R. Hilgard psychology book "Divided Consciousness". Read also Miller's review on the book's Amazon site.
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