Chapter 1. Historical Conceptions of Dissociation and Psychosis: Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology

  1. Andrew Moskowitz2,
  2. Ingo Schäfer3 and
  3. Martin J. Dorahy4
  1. Warwick Middleton1,
  2. Martin J. Dorahy4 and
  3. Andrew Moskowitz2

Published Online: 10 JUL 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470699652.ch1

Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation: Emerging Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology

Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation: Emerging Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology

How to Cite

Middleton, W., Dorahy, M. J. and Moskowitz, A. (2008) Historical Conceptions of Dissociation and Psychosis: Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology, in Psychosis, Trauma and Dissociation: Emerging Perspectives on Severe Psychopathology (eds A. Moskowitz, I. Schäfer and M. J. Dorahy), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470699652.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Aberdeen, Clinical Department of Mental Health, Division of Applied Health Sciences, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen AB25 2ZH, Scotland, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, Martinistr. 52, D-20246 Hamburg, Germany

  3. 4

    Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, 8041, New Zealand

Author Information

  1. 1

    Suite 4D, 87 Wickham Terrace, Brisbane 4000, Australia

  2. 2

    University of Aberdeen, Clinical Department of Mental Health, Division of Applied Health Sciences, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen AB25 2ZH, Scotland, UK

  3. 4

    Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch, 8041, New Zealand

  1. The authors would like to thank Onno van der Hart for his comments on an early draft of this chapter.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 JUL 2009
  2. Published Print: 21 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470511732

Online ISBN: 9780470699652

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Keywords:

  • dissociative disorders and psychotic disorders;
  • multiple personality disorder (MPD) or dissociative identity disorder;
  • dissociation and psychosis historical conceptions;
  • hysteria and dissociative divisions in personality;
  • psychosis - insanity, dementia praecox and schizophrenia;
  • general paresis and ‘schizophrenia’;
  • Philippe Pinel's Des Maladies Mentales;
  • dissociation, psychosis and schizophrenia - merging construct;
  • Jung and The Psychology of Dementia Praecox;
  • degeneration - equivalent to insanity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Dissociation: Mesmerism, multiple personalities and hysteria

  • Psychosis: Insanity, dementia praecox and schizophrenia

  • Dissociation, psychosis and schizophrenia: The merging of constructs

  • Conclusion

  • References