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Periodical: Suggestion

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Suggestion.
A Monthly Magazine / Devoted to the Study of Suggestive Therapy, Hypnotism, Telepathy, Suggestive Education of Children, Dreams, Visions, and all Psychical Phenomena / The Study of Therapeutics, Also Occult Phenomena, Hypnotism / Devoted to the Study and Advancement of Suggestive Therapeutics, Also to the Scientific Investigation of all Occult Phenomena / A Magazine of the New Psychology for Health, Happiness and Success / The New Psychology Magazine for Thinkers / Journal of Psycho-Therapy.
Other titles: Suggestions
1898--1906 Monthly
Chicago, IL. Publisher: Chicago School of Psychology; Suggestion Publishing Company. Editor: Herbert A. Parkyn and M.J. Murphy, editors; William Walker Atkinson, associate editor 1900-1901; Elmer Ellsworth Carey, associate editor.
Succeeds: Suggestions, A Monthly Magazine Succeeded by: The Stellar Ray
1/1, August 1898-November 1906. 48 pp., $1.00 a year, 10 cents a copy.

In October 1899 the journal, which had begun as Suggestions, began to call itself Suggestion. The advertisement for Suggestions in The Temple, November 1898, says that it contains "the latest discoveries in Suggestive Therapy and [is] devoted to the study of Hypnotism, Magnetism, Telepathy, Teleaesthesia, Mental Culture, Suggestive Education of Children, Dreams, Visions and other natural phenomena." To all of this it added "choice literary gems by the world's best known Mystics." In its final transformation, the list became: "Psychic research, Auto-Suggestion, Suggestive Therapeutics, Drugless Healing, Nature Cure, Personal Magnetism, Thought Power, Health, Happiness, Success." The journal consisted mainly of reports by Dr. Parkyn and his colleagues (of the likes of the ubiquitous George Dutton) on the success of suggestion-therapy, all designed to promote his mail-order courses on "Hypnotism, Suggestive Therapeutics, and all Psychic Phenomena." The fundamental point was that a "therapeutic suggestion is a suggestion of such a nature, that when conveyed to an individual through one of his senses, it arouses in his mind a chain of thought, which will assist him to overcome unhealthy mental or physical conditions." To this proposition over time came to be connected the fundamental New Thought idea of the "two minds in man," a conscious, everyday mind and the underlying mind (or spirit) that creates or molds or controls the body (and in some versions, the world) and is subject to control and manipulation by suggestion. The journal devoted considerable effort to attacks on frauds in spiritualism, especially materializations, but had strong elements of crank, fringe medicine, and included regular articles (by "Astra") on "The Occult World," especially telepathy, but usually expressed its reservations about the consequences of embracing occultism rather than "science." The journal attempted to position itself as a rational and scientific defender of what was valid in occultism: "It is the aim of the editor to find a basis of fact on which to govern all theories regarding metaphysical and psychical processes, and to account for all occult phenomena on purely scientific lines." Regular advertisements, especially in the early volumes, for J.F.C. Grumbine and his College of Psychical Sciences, Hiram Erastus Butler, Ernest Loomis, et al., and for the mail-order lessons sold by Parkyn's Chicago School of Psychology. The journal regularly noted the doings and publications of its contemporaries (Dowie, Weltmer, Wilmans, Prof. Knowles, Sydney A. Flower, et al.) in trying to distinguish itself from their ideas and practices and establish what it was that suggestive therapeutics was. For a time in the early 1900s the journal touted the stock of Motzorongo, a land-scheme (250 square miles of land) and sugar-refining venture in Mexico, and published regular reports on the scheme's success. Noted in "List of Advance Thought Publications," The New Cycle, March 1900, 159-60. On Atkinson, see the note under Advanced Thought Journal. On Parkyn, see the note under Hypnotic Magazine. The journal ended abruptly with the issue for November 1906, when Parkyn announced that he had sold the journal to Henry Clay Hodges of Detroit, who, in the event, continued it as The Stellar Ray. Parkyn announced his departure "to finance the greatest industrial proposition that has come up in the United States in many years-- the greatest industrial enterprise since the advent of the Bell Telephone Company. In fact, the enterprise within the next few years will surpass that of the Bell Telephone, both in magnitude of operations and profits for the stockholders." This Eldorado was the Black Sand and Gold Recovery Company that held the rights to the processes of converting sand directly into steel while recovering the gold. Parkyn had earlier touted the stock in the company to his readers and received "thousands of dollars" from subscribers eager to get in on the ground floor of the investment, but the scheme seems not to have panned out. NYPL; Pennsylvania College of Physicians, Philadelphia; Georgia Institute of Technology.

Issues:Suggestions V1 N1 Aug 1898
Suggestions V1 N2 Sep 1898
Suggestions V1 N3 Oct 1898
Suggestions V1 N4 Nov 1898
Suggestions V1 N5 Dec 1898
Suggestions V1 N6-7 Jan-Feb 1899
Suggestions V2 N1 Mar 1899
Suggestion V2 N2 Apr 1899
Suggestion V2 N3 May 1899
Suggestion V2 N4 Jun 1899
Suggestion V2 N5 Jul 1899
Suggestion V3 N1 Aug 1899
Suggestion V3 N2 Sep 1899
Suggestion V3 N3 Oct 1899
Suggestion V3 N4 Nov 1899
Suggestion V3 N5 Dec 1899
Suggestion V3 N6 Jan 1900
Suggestion V4 N1 Feb 1900
Suggestion V4 N2 Mar 1900
Suggestion V4 N3 Apr 1900
Suggestion V4 N4 May 1900
Suggestion V4 N5 Jun 1900
Suggestion V4 Adverts
Suggestion V5 N1 Jul 1900
Suggestion V5 N2 Aug 1900
Suggestion V5 N3 Sep 1900
Suggestion V5 N4 Oct 1900
Suggestion V5 N5 Nov 1900
Suggestion V5 N6 Dec 1900
Suggestion V5 Adverts
Suggestion V6 N1 Jan 1901
Suggestion V6 N2 Feb 1901
Suggestion V6 N3 Mar 1901
Suggestion V6 N4 Apr 1901
Suggestion V6 N5 May 1901
Suggestion V6 N6 Jun 1901
Suggestion V6 Adverts
Suggestion V7 N1 Jul 1901
Suggestion V7 N2 Aug 1901
Suggestion V7 N3 Sep 1901
Suggestion V7 N4 Oct 1901
Suggestion V7 N5 Nov 1901
Suggestion V7 N6 Dec 1901
Suggestion V7 Adverts
Suggestion V8 N1 Jan 1902
Suggestion V8 N2 Feb 1902
Suggestion V8 N3 Mar 1902
Suggestion V8 N4 Apr 1902
Suggestion V8 N5 May 1902
Suggestion V8 N6 Jun 1902
Suggestion V8 Adverts
Suggestion V9 Jul-Dec 1902
Suggestion V10 Jan-June 1903
Suggestion V12 N1 Jan 1904
Suggestion V12 N2 Feb 1904
Suggestion V12 N3 Mar 1904
Suggestion V12 N4 Apr 1904
Suggestion V12 N5 May 1904
Suggestion V12 N6 Jun 1904
Suggestion V12 Adverts And Loose Pages (in Source)
Suggestion V13 N1 Jul 1904
Suggestion V13 N2 Aug 1904
Suggestion V13 N3 Sep 1904
Suggestion V13 N4 Oct 1904
Suggestion V13 N5 Nov 1904
Suggestion V13 N6 Dec 1904
Suggestion V13 Adverts And Loose Pages (in Source)
Suggestion V14 N1 Jan 1905
Suggestion V14 N2 Feb 1905
Suggestion V14 N3 Mar 1905
Suggestion V14 N4 Apr 1905
Suggestion V14 N5 May 1905
Suggestion V14 N6 Jun 1905
Suggestion V15 N1 Jul 1905
Suggestion V15 N2 Aug 1905
Suggestion V15 N3 Sep 1905
Suggestion V15 N4 Oct 1905
Suggestion V15 N5 Nov 1905
Suggestion V15 N6 Dec 1905
Suggestion V16 N1 Jan 1906
Suggestion V16 N2 Feb 1906
Suggestion V16 N3 Mar 1906
Suggestion V16 N4 Apr 1906
Suggestion V16 N5 May 1906
Suggestion V16 N6 Jun 1906
Suggestion V16 Adverts And Loose Pages (in Source)
Suggestion V17 N1 Jul 1906
Suggestion V17 N2 Aug 1906
Suggestion V17 N3 Sep 1906
Suggestion V17 N4 Oct 1906
Suggestion V17 N5 Nov 1906
Suggestion V17 Adverts and Loose Pages (in Source)

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