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January 1933

Persönlichkeitsentwicklung und Wahnbildung: Eine Untersuchung über den Sinn des Erlebens und die Bedeutung des Verhaltens bei den krankhaften Veränderungen des Ich.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;29(1):210-211. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240070216022

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The bulk of this monograph consists of the extremely full and detailed presentation of eight case histories. The patients in question suffered from severe schizophrenic psychoses. In the first two cases, a tendency to regain social relationships was evident. The last two patients were free from delusions and had no actual conflict with the environment, but could be provoked suddenly to definitely paranoid reactions. The remaining histories are intended to show what the author considers the chief directions of the psychotic process.

The author's comments on these extensive case records are difficult to read and somewhat abstruse. It does not become entirely clear what is the goal of his presentation. He evidently wishes to convey the idea that in themselves the experiences and reactions of these patients are not understandable to normal persons; they have a meaning and this meaning grows out of the premorbid personality of the patient. "When

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