Notes upon the emotionality of a schizophrenic patient and its relation to problems of technique

  • It seems justifiable to inquire into the specific factors which make the emotionality of a schizophrenic patient different from that of other patients and to investigate to what extent this specificity of schizophrenic emotionality might require specific changes in the psychoanalytic technique. Although I do not think that this paper can really live up to the full requirements of such an ambitious undertaking, it nevertheless may contribute modestly to it. My speculations began during a phase of the treatment of a schizophrenic patient; long after her acute condition had subsided I thought I observed-within clinically pertinent areas-a specific relationship between the patient's ego structure and her emotions. It seems to me that this relationship might allow generalization in terms of a basic defect with which a schizophrenic patient has to struggle, although in various phases of the disease and of the treatment the phenomenology of schizophrenic emotionality differs unquestionably in significant aspects. However, before delving into the subject matter, a few general points must be raised in reference to the psychoanalytic theory of emotions.

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Author:Kurt R. Eissler
Parent Title (English):The Psychoanalytic study of the child
Publisher:International University Press
Place of publication:New York, NY
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2009/09/14
Year of first Publication:1953
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2009/09/14
Page Number:55
First Page:199
Last Page:251
Signatur: Zs 24064
Institutes:keine Angabe Fachbereich / Extern
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoArchivex. zur Lesesaalplatznutzung § 52b UrhG