Psychological study and phenomenological analysis of a case of schizophrenic melancholy

Eugène Minkowski

Eugène Minkowski

Psychological study and phenomenological analysis of a case of schizophrenic melancholy

This is the communication made by Eugène Minkowski on November 25, in Zurich, at the 63rd Scientific Conference of the Swiss Society of Psychiatry, in 1922. This presentation is considered by many theorists as the founding text of psychiatric phenomenology and the first example of the phenomenological method applied in a clinical case. The text is composed of four main parts: the considerations regarding the application of the phenomenological method in psychiatry; the presentation of a schizophrenic melancholy case; the psychological observations and the phenomenological analysis of the case. The main concepts used by Minkowski for the phenomenological study of the clinical case presented are duration and personal vital impetus.

Keywords: E. Minkowski;phenomenological method; personal vital impetus.

Source: Psicopatologia Fenomenológica Contemporânea, 2019;8(1):64-83.

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