Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1938

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Dr. George A. Kelly


The specific problem of this study is to ascertain some of the difficulties experienced by teachers in eliciting emotional catharsis from their pupils and interpreting its results, and to describe these difficulties in operation concepts. The term emotional catharsis is used to mean a spontaneous expression of emotionally toned thoughts or ideas. The term operational concept is taken to mean a unified representation of a state of affairs which is organized so as to suggest its outcome. The term repression is used as defined by Freud. The term rationalization used in the Freudian sense, and refers to the tendency for ideas or tendencies subject to repression to be justified through elaborate and wishful reasoning.


Copyright 1938 Harry Mason

Library Call Number

LD2652 .T5 P7 M377 1938


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