The Collected Works of C. G. Jung - Vol. 3

The Collected Works of C. G. Jung - Vol. 3

The Collected Works of C. G. Jung - Vol. 3

The Collected Works of C. G. Jung - Vol. 3

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This third volume of Jung's Collected Works contains his renowned monograph "On the Psychology of Dementia Praecox" (1907), described by A. A. Brill as indispensable for every student of psychiatry--"the work which firmly established Jung as a pioneer and scientific contributor to psychiatry." Also included are nine other papers in psychiatry, the earliest being "The Content of the Psychoses," written in 1908, and the latest being two papers, written in 1956 and 1958, which embody Jung's conclusions after many years of experience in the psychotherapy of schizophrenia.

Excerpt

The literature which treats of the psychological disturbances in dementia praecox is very fragmentary, and although parts of it are quite extensive it nowhere shows any clear co-ordination. the statements of the older authors have only a limited value, because they refer now to this, now to that form of illness, which can be classified only very indefinitely as dementia praecox. Hence one cannot attribute any general validity to them. the first and somewhat more general view concerning the nature of the psychological disturbance in catatonia, so far as I know, was that of Tschisch (1886), who thought that the essential thing was an incapacity for attention. a similar view, somewhat differently formulated, was expressed by Freusberg, who stated that the automatic actions of the catatonic are associated with a weakening of consciousness, which has lost its control over the psychic processes. the motor disturbance is only a symptomatic expression of the degree of psychic tension.

2 For Freusberg, therefore, the motor catatonic symptoms are dependent on corresponding psychological symptoms. the “weakening of consciousness” resembles the quite modern view of Pierre Janet. That there is a disturbance of attention is also confirmed by Kraepelin, Aschaffenburg, Ziehen, and others. in 1894 we encounter for the first time an experimental psychological work on the subject of catatonia: Sommer’s “On the Theory of ‘Inhibition’ of Mental Processes.” the author makes the following statements which are of general significance:

Cited from Arndt, “Über die Geschichte der Katatonie” (1902).

“Über motorische Symptome bei einfachen Psychosen” (1886).

Psychiatrie: Ein Lehrbuch für Studierende und Ärzte (orig. 1883).

“Die Katatoniefrage” (1898). [For works by Ziehen, see Bibliography.-EDITORS.]

“Zur Lehre von der ‘Hemmung’ geistiger Vorgänge” (1894).

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