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February 1921

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FUNCTIONAL NEUROSES.

Arch NeurPsych. 1921;5(2):228-230. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1921.02180260117011

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Abstract

This is an interesting and able work, based on the observations by the author of approximately 1,000 cases in U. S. Army General Hospital No. 30 at Plattsburg Barracks. After consideration of many theories, he concludes that the mechanism of redintegrative response affords an explanation for the reactions of the psychoneurotic patient. He describes redintegration as "that type of process in which a part of a complex stimulus provokes the complete reaction that was previously made to the complex stimulus as a whole." He then discusses normal and abnormal redintegration, and points out that there are three levels of response discriminated in the reaction from a given stimulus or situation: (1) the postural or cerebellospinal level, (2) the cortical level, and (3) the autonomic level. In the psychoneurotic patient, because of more or less mental inadequacy or stupidity and lack of sagacity, there is not a normal redintegration in the

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