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Read chapter 4, on the innate tendencies towards sympathy (feeling with), suggestion (cognitive, though not necessarily based on cognition), imitation (bodily imitation). McDougall discusses the 4 areas that define one's particular suggestibility (brain state, information availability, suggester prestige, personal impulse to subjection), which seems like he's close to arguing for a self-contained ego (although later he does note that people fail to be socialized either through too much suggestib ...more