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Significance of Sociology for Psychiatry


Psychopathology, in extending its studies to crime and the minor psychopathies, comes to deal more with the maladjustments of function than with their disorders and imperfections. Certain mental aberrations are regarded as “faulty reactions,” “regressions,” or “evasions of difficulties,” and much use is made of the conceptions of “attitude” and “psychological type.” From such a standpoint the alleged traumata is to be found in the social environment; it is social stresses and disharmonies that are blamed. The strictly Psycho-analytic School, in the theory of “censorship,” “repression” and “resistance,” assigns no less pathogenic significance to social contacts. It is not between mind and its physical environment that we find most psychopathic disharmonies. Disturbances in this adaptation point to organic disease or abnormality and are correspondingly intractable. It is with the relationships between mind and mind that psychopathology is chiefly concerned.

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The British Journal of Psychiatry
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