The delusional stance

G. Lynn Stephens and George Graham

in Reconceiving Schizophrenia

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Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780198526131
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754340 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

The delusional stance

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To summarize, DST says that the victim of delusion suffers less from a failure to accurately represent the state of the world than from a failure to understand the nature and consequences of her own mental activities. DST locates the pathological character of delusions in the subject's attitudes toward and ability to manage her first or lower order cognitive activities. DST takes the association between schizophrenia and delusions as an indication that, whatever other dysfunctions may be present, schizophrenia involves a failure of self-knowledge and self-control regarding one's first order thinking. One of the misfortunes of schizophrenia is having one's lower order thoughts caught in the grip of the delusional stance.

Chapter.  10672 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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