Unconscious Motivation (1949)

16 Mar
Director Lester Beck, University of Oregon Department of Psychology
Producer Association Films, Inc
Contributors N/A
Length 38 min.
B&W/Color B&W
UO Library Catalog description: “Demonstrates the dynamics of unconscious motivation in every action. Shows psychological techniques for detecting repressed ideas and illustrates the benefits to mental health of their discovery and release.” 
Call # FILM Md4
Genre Instructional
Rare YES
Online YES
Copyright status PROTECTED
Physical condition FAIR
Oregon-related YES


A more detailed description of the film, as stated in in the Copyright catalog:

“A scientific film which demonstrates how unconscious motives can influence our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Shows standard psychological techniques used to detect the presence of repressed ideas lying beyond conscious reach, and illustrates the benefits to mental health that come from the discovery and release of such unconscious repressions.” Source

Beck also produced Adaptive Behavior of Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrels (1942), and wrote the script for Human Growth, the first sex education film shown in Oregon schools in 1948.

One Response to “Unconscious Motivation (1949)”


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