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April 1957

A Contribution to the Psychology of Schizophrenia

Author Affiliations

Syracuse, N. Y.

From the Department of Psychiatry, State University of New York, Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New York.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1957;77(4):420-436. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1957.02330340096016

In this inquiry into schizophrenia, the focus will be on the internal organization of the personality and on the manifestations of this organization that can be inferred from observations of the "psychotherapeutic" (and other types of human) relationship with the "schizophrenic." Accordingly, this analysis will concentrate on relatively more abstract features of schizophrenia than those associated with the presence or absence of "symptoms" and the allied notion of social adaptation. The latter notion is considered to be particularly distracting, since the very importance of the value judgments inherent in social adaptation and its failures makes it difficult for one to remain uninfluenced by them and to apply one's interest to other facets of the problem. For the sake of clarity, I want to state also that considerations of the phenomenology, genesis, and "symbolic" meaning of psychotic symptoms will also be omitted in this study. The chief theoretical concepts which will

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