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Disordered Thinking

  1. James H. Kleiger

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0278

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Kleiger, J. H. 2010. Disordered Thinking. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Bethesda, MD

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


An integrative definition of disordered thinking encompasses a broad perspective that includes traditional concepts such as impaired pace and flow of associations along with such factors as (1) inefficient focusing and attentional processes; (2) deviant word usage; (3) errors in syntax and syllogistic reasoning; (4) inappropriate levels of abstracting; (5) failure to maintain conceptual boundaries; and (6) a breakdown in the discrimination of internal perceptions from external ones (reality testing). A sufficiently broad definition captures the multidimensional nature of disturbances in thought organization (Kleiger, 1999).