Dramaticity as essence: structural-phenomenological analysis of hysteria

Flávio Guimarães-Fernandes, Gustavo Bonini Castellana and Daniela Ceron-Litvoc

Flávio Guimarães-Fernandes, Gustavo Bonini Castellana and Daniela Ceron-Litvoc

Dramaticity as essence: structural-phenomenological analysis of hysteria

In this article we explore hysteria by describing it in terms of phenomenological psychopathology, with a particular focus on spatiality. Classical works on phenomenological psychopathology, such as those by Kraus and Dörr, were reviewed to identify hysteria spatiality features, drawing on Minkowski’s concepts of light and dark spaces, syntony, and schizoidism, as well as on Binswanger’s concepts of horizontality, spatiality, and anthropological proportion. The review revealed that hysteria can be more clearly addressed in terms of consciousness spatiality. Fundamentally, hystericals live in the light, horizontal space of world experience, such that their mode of being-in-the-world is imbued with dramaticity—i.e., action and movement, intensity and acting, admiration and repulsion. Although non-pathological in itself, this mode of being may become problematic by the effect of anthropological disproportion.

Keywords: Hysteria; Phenomenological Psychopatology; Alfred Kraus; Eugène Minkowski; Ludwig Biswanger; Spatiality; Essence of hysteria.

Source: Psicopatologia Fenomenológica Contemporânea, 2019;8(1):1-33.

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