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July 1937


Arch NeurPsych. 1937;38(1):90-102. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1937.02260190100007

A scheme of general psychopathology which may be applied in the study of any item of psychiatric interest has been suggested by Meyer,1 as follows:

  1. What mental factors and imbalance may do along lines of—

    • Minor interferences or complaints (wrongly called "neuroses") such as special preoccupations, substitutions and dissociations with attention to the behavior and rôle of special experiences and their hangover or anticipations.

    • Dominating affects and their fixation (pure or impure) with incidental modification of content.

    • Leading topical content disorders from projection, disowning tendencies, compensation, systematization and false crystallizations and fixations.

    • Specific disorders of grasp, panic and puzzle states.

    • Developmental deficiencies.

  2. What poisons and metabolism and special organs and their malfunction can do to the brain and its functions and thereby to the personality.

  3. What leading structural disorders of the brain can do to the personality.

This scheme offers a simple, natural and direct orientation in the consideration

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