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June 1967

Elucidation of Body Imagery in Chronic Schizophrenia

Author Affiliations

Bronx, NY
From the Department of Psychiatry, the Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;16(6):679-684. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730240035006

SARTRE'S Saint Genet contains a chapter entitled, "I Is Another." In it, Sartre says of Genet:1

He bewitches himself in the Other and flees his own consciousness of self. In this first moment consciousness flees itself and throws itself upon the Other; it tries to be external to itself. It is pure consciousness of the Other.

In an attempt to see if this is what happens to the self of schizophrenics, the present study was undertaken.

The idea that one's identity is predicated upon a fusion of self-images is common to many writers.2-4 Thus, it was conceived that the elucidation of a single visual image of the self could shed light on an identity forerunner. The maintenance of self-images depends on a constant comparison of one's own body with the bodies of others, according to Greenacre.4 The first thesis tendered in