Disembodied Spirits and Deanimated Bodies: The psychopathology of common sense

Paperback | November 17, 2004

byGiovanni Stanghellini

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How can we better understand and treat those suffering from schizophrenia and manic-depressive illnesses? This important new book takes us into the world of those suffering from such disorders. Using self descriptions, its emphasis is not on how mental health professionals view sufferers, buton how the patients themselves experience their disorder. Central to the book is the idea that schizophrenic persons live like disembodied spirits or deanimated bodies. As disembodied spirits, they feel like abstract entities which contemplate their own existence and the world from outside. Asdeanimated bodies, schizophrenic people feel deprived of the possibility of living personal experiences - perceptions, thoughts, emotions - as their own. A new volume in the International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry series, this book will be of great interest to all those working with sufferers from such disorders - helping them to better understand their mental lives and providing important insights into how best to treat them.

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How can we better understand and treat those suffering from schizophrenia and manic-depressive illnesses? This important new book takes us into the world of those suffering from such disorders. Using self descriptions, its emphasis is not on how mental health professionals view sufferers, buton how the patients themselves experience th...

Giovanni Stanghellini is at Department of Psychiatry, University of Florence, Italy.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.57 inPublished:November 17, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198520891

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Table of Contents

Prologue - the tattooed room1. The genealogy of psychopathology2. The origins of the psychopathology of the social being3. The ascetic misunderstanding and social phenomenology4. Aporias of intersubjectivity5. The social world of melancholic and schizophrenic persons6. The senses of common sense7. The internal statue8. Cyborgs and scanners9. Voices and consciousness10. This is not a delusionEpilogue

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"All mental health professionals are likely to gain, both clinically and intellectually, from reading this book, and carers, patients, and philosophers will find much to help them engage with the potentially disorienting and frightening reality of psychosis." --Mental Health Today "This book represents a contribution to what might be considered a renaissance of philosophically informed approaches to clinical psychiatry." --Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease