The psychopathology of affectivity: conceptual and historical aspects

  title={The psychopathology of affectivity: conceptual and historical aspects},
  author={Germ{\'a}n E. Berr{\'i}os},
  journal={Psychological Medicine},
  pages={745 - 758}
  • G. Berríos
  • Published 1 November 1985
  • Psychology
  • Psychological Medicine
Synopsis The disorders of affect have not contributed much to the diagnostic definition of mental disease, and their phenomenological description has never achieved the richness of the psychopathology of perception or cognition. This paper shows how the subordinate role played by affectivity in the Western concept of man led to the early and enduring view of mental illness as an exclusive disturbance of intellect. Attempts by nineteenth-century alienists to challenge this notion were only… 

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