Dissociation : Vol. 2, No. 1, p. 003-016: A reader's guide to Pierre Janet on Dissociation: A neglected intellectual heritage

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Title: Dissociation : Vol. 2, No. 1, p. 003-016: A reader's guide to Pierre Janet on Dissociation: A neglected intellectual heritage
Author: Hart, Onno van der, 1941-; Friedman, Barbara
Abstract: A century ago there occurred a peak of interest in dissociation and the dissociative disorders, then labeled hysteria. The most important scientific and clinical investigator of this subject was Pierre Janet (1859-1947), whose early body of work is reviewed here. The evolution of his dissociation theory and its major principles are traced throughout his writings. Janet's introduction of the term "subconscious " and his concept of the existence of consciousness outside of personal awareness are explained. The viability and relevance of dissociation as the underlying phenomenon in a wide range of disorders is presented. It is proposed that, Janet's theory and methodology of psychological analysis and dynamic psychotherapy are cogent and relevant for today's students and practitioners.
Description: p. 003-016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/1402
Date: 1989-03


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