Chapter 6
THE NEUROSES

The defences which I described in the previous chapter are not in themselves neurotic. Just as everyone is at times anxious, so everyone at times uses defences, and the use of one or other of these defences can only be regarded as neurotic if it becomes habitual and is resorted to under circumstances in which there is no need to use defences at all, or in which it would be more appropriate or efficient to use some other defence. The person who always tries to master situations obsessionally, who always avoids dangers, or who always submits to others, is behaving neurotically since his behaviour has ceased to be spontaneous and has become subject to restrictions which limit his capacity for enjoyment and self-development. Such persons are said to be suffering from a character-neurosis, the 'symptom' of which is the subjective sense of being held up by compulsive traits of character. They are not, however, ill in the ordinary sense of the term, since what they complain of is not some symptom which intrudes on their otherwise normal personality but an aspect of the personality itself which both they and those around them may regard as an essential part of themselves. It is indeed possible for persons with character-neuroses to

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Chapter 1 - Anxiety, Fear And Expectancy 1
  • Chapter 2 - Anxiety, Fright And Shock 16
  • Chapter 3 - Anxiety, Guilt And Depression 36
  • Chapter 4 - Inhibitions, Symptoms And Anxiety 55
  • Chapter 5 - Defence And Adaptive Behaviour 69
  • Chapter 6 - The Neuroses 95
  • Chapter 7 - Treatment of The Neuroses 128
  • Bibliography 145
  • Index 151
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