Hysterische Imagination

1998 Swiss Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry  
Clinical observation shows that hysteria can produce imaginative phenomena that are difficult to differentiate from delusion. Using phenomenological methodology, the essential qualities of these imaginations are analysed and described. While delusion can be conceived as a disturbance in the system of intuitive-holistic cognition resulting in an abnormal eidetic feeling, hysterical imagination is lacking this feeling character and, however, showing an allegorical structure newer seen within
more » ... er seen within delusion. It is demonstrated that these imaginative phenomena are properties of hysterical personalities, intensified and pronounced, but nevertheless intra-and extrapsychically targeted as "useful", i. e. serving a purpose. A real "deprivation" of ego poser ist never observed.
doi:10.4414/sanp.1998.01053 fatcat:yt3cxlmea5cpzkltsc5qia65oi