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Hysterical agents

Sean A Spence

in The actor's brain

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Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780198526667
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754364 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198526667.003.0008
Hysterical agents

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Hence, to summarize: we may combine our recognition that the cognitive executive is pivotal to the maintenance of hysterical phenomena with an acknowledgement that their symptomatic content reflects the cultural understanding of a disease (i.e. it reflects the Symbolic order). When the symptom remits, through distraction, sedation, or the influence of the physician, the Real emerges, the normal, motor routine, which is procedural and beyond words. The influence of specific, sometimes powerful, human beings and of human culture is itself manifest both in the symptom and in the timing of its relapse and resolution. The Big Other (culture) and ‘others’ (our conspecifics) affect the way human beings behave. Any final cognitive neurobiological account of hysteria must find a way of acknowledging and investigating these elements of the Real.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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