The most startling advance that has been made of late years in the domain of mental medicine is the discovery that psychic disorders—the more popularly designated "nervous" disorders—embody a concealed moral conflict due to the survival in an unconscious form of racial instincts and emotions which are no longer compatible with the ethical tendencies of the personality and which therefore have been repressed by the collective social consciousness. It is the reassertion of these long repudiated trends in the midst of our present day civilization, together with the attendant inner conflict, that is now regarded as the fundamental factor in these disturbed psychic states.
In his work "Adolescence," published in 1905, in which he announces to English readers the trend of the recent investigations of abnormal psychology in regard to hysteria and allied disorders, Dr. Stanley Hall says:
Mental pain becomes local neuralgia, moral disgust becomes nausea, anxiety becomes contraction
BURROW T. THE PHILOLOGY OF HYSTERIA: AN A PRIORI STUDY OF THE NEUROSES IN THE LIGHT OF FREUDIAN PSYCHOLOGY. JAMA. 1916;LXVI(11):783–787. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580370003002
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: