The development of the hysterical personality

  title={The development of the hysterical personality},
  author={Chris N Alam and Harold Merskey},
  journal={History of Psychiatry},
  pages={135 - 165}
We have surveyed a large sample of the literature in English and French from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries to examine the evolution of the idea of Hysterical Personality. Until the middle of the nineteenth century, the predominant concept was one of depression, with violent and labile emotions and nervousness, accompanying physical complaints. Thereafter, depression was overshadowed by attention to suggestibility, egocentricity, deficient will, exaggeration, simulation and the like… 
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