Speech Analysis Of Patients Suffering From Episodes And Traits Characteristic Of Psychosis And Dissociation

David Zachary Hafner, Marilyn Charles, María Mirón Álvarez, Grecia Cárdenas Reyes, Aldo Emigdio Bartolini Salinas, Juan Jaime de la Fuente Herrera, Joanna Porte Santos Alonso

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Both thematic and structural analysis of patient discourse offer clinical theories into the specificity of psychosis and dissociation. Lacan remarked the presence of 5 insoluble questions at the foundation of psychotic experiences: authority, afterlife, procreation, sexual difference, and the other’s desire. (Moernaut et al., 2018) Phenomenological approaches to dissociative events illustrate the importance of discontinuity, lost temporal or special orientation exemplified in Dora’s second dream: “I had the usual feeling that one has in dreams when one cannot move forward. Then I was at home. I must have been travelling in the meantime, but I know nothing about that.” (Freud, 1905) In order to obtain a clearer picture of the discursive nature of psychotic and dissociative phenomena, we generated thematic lists; in patients suffering from persecutory hallucinatory psychosis, we found themes such as: exclusion, withdrawal, sacrifice and self-harm, boundary permeability and overwhelm, persecution. In the dissociative group, we found more themes of not knowing, uncertainty, forgetfulness, losing oneself, victimhood, negligence, and discontinuity. We also observed differences in the style of discontinuity or thought blocking between the two groups.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2019
EventAssociation for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society 2019 Annual Conference: Displacement: Precarity & Community - Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center, New Brunswick, United States
Duration: 25 Oct 201927 Oct 2019


ConferenceAssociation for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society 2019 Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleAPCS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Brunswick
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