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Books Related to Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory

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Halluciations / Imaginary Companions in Children

In his theory, Julian Jaynes describes the role hallucinations played in an earlier mentality, prior to the development of subjective consciousness. He predicted that imaginary companions (formerly called imaginary playmates) were more common in the normal population than was known at the time, and this has been confirmed in dozens of studies over the past three decades. In ancient civilizations, the imaginary companion would have taken the role of one's personal god, as seen in ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, and early Roman cultures. Below are books related to this aspect of Jaynes's theory:

The House of Make-Believe: Children's Play and the Developing Imagination
Dorothy G. Singer and Jerome L. Singer, Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, 1992.

Television, Imagination, and Aggression: A Study of Preschoolers
Jerome L. Singer and Dorothy G. Singer, Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, 1984.

Imaginary Companions and the Children Who Create Them

Imaginary Companions and the Children Who Create Them
Marjorie Taylor, Oxford University Press, 2001.

Historical Perspectives:

Imaginary Playmates and Other Mental Phenomenon of Children
N.A. Harvey, Ipsilanti: Michigan State Normal College, 1918.