conversion hysteria


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Noun1.conversion hysteria - a mental disorder characterized by the conversion of mental conflict into somatic forms (into paralysis or anesthesia having no apparent cause)
folie, mental disorder, mental disturbance, psychological disorder, disturbance - (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
glove anesthesia - a mental disorder involving loss of sensitivity in the hand and wrist; "since no combination of nerves serve this area a glove anesthesia is clearly psychogenic in origin"
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using conversion hysteria as the historical paradigm of the sorts of phenomena to which the term 'mental illness' refers.
Sperling (1973) theorised that the ego and superego structure of a patient with a conversion hysteria will not allow forbidden aggressive and sexual impulses to be gratified in reality, so when the repression of these impulses is about to fail, the impulses and actions are acted out physically as conversion symptoms.
Conversion hysteria, after all, is not a character disorder, like "self-hatred," "self-aggrandizing romance," "casual indulgence" and the other psychological and sexual aberrations Horowitz and Collier diagnose in the American left.