The meaning of hysteria

Grant Gillett

in The Mind and its Discontents

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780199237548
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754555 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

The meaning of hysteria

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Hysterical patients do not evaluate their symptomatology in the same way as others and are therefore labelled as deceptive. In fact, a number of patients with this disorder are revealed to have underlying neurological disorders and they all tend to show a style of cognition not well suited to self-knowledge. This again raises the question of right judgement and the discursive (psychosomatic) skills involved in the complex interaction between underlying neurocognitive abnormalities and the social factors that play an obvious role in the disorder. The resulting insights refocus our attention on selfreflective judgement and the skills involved in the narrative achievement that is a coherent and meaningful life in which one takes one's place among others as their equal.

Chapter.  8394 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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