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Depersonalization and the use of LSD: A psychodynamic study

Depersonalization and the use of LSD: A psychodynamic study DEPERSONALIZATION AND THE USE OF LSD: A PSYCHODYNAMIC STUDY HERBERT WALTZER F all psychiatric symptoms, deper- "a cloud or veil separates me from the sonalization is one of the most world," "like playing a part in a play." tenacious and difficult to alter, either Depersonalization has been compared through psychotherapeutic or pharma- to "playing dead," although this charac- cologic approaches. This alteration of terization raises such questions as to the state of awareness of self would the influence of volition and control, seem to be either a very primitive un- conscious or unconscious, and active differentiated or a very complex func- role-playing. tion. Certainly the anatomo-physiologi- One prime characteristic of deperso- cal pathways for this alteration of con- nalization is the special form of altera- sciousness are not clear. What is clear tion of consciousness or state of aware- is that feelings of depersonalization are ness. This is manifested by a disturb- more widely experienced than is gene- ance in the perception and experiencing rally appreciated. It has been claimed, of the self, including the body-image in fact, that this phenomena is the third and self-concept, as well as in percep- most frequent symptom seen in hospital- tion of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

Depersonalization and the use of LSD: A psychodynamic study

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis , Volume 32 (1): 8 – Mar 1, 1972

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Springer Journals
Copyright
1972 The Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1007/BF01872483
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Abstract

DEPERSONALIZATION AND THE USE OF LSD: A PSYCHODYNAMIC STUDY HERBERT WALTZER F all psychiatric symptoms, deper- "a cloud or veil separates me from the sonalization is one of the most world," "like playing a part in a play." tenacious and difficult to alter, either Depersonalization has been compared through psychotherapeutic or pharma- to "playing dead," although this charac- cologic approaches. This alteration of terization raises such questions as to the state of awareness of self would the influence of volition and control, seem to be either a very primitive un- conscious or unconscious, and active differentiated or a very complex func- role-playing. tion. Certainly the anatomo-physiologi- One prime characteristic of deperso- cal pathways for this alteration of con- nalization is the special form of altera- sciousness are not clear. What is clear tion of consciousness or state of aware- is that feelings of depersonalization are ness. This is manifested by a disturb- more widely experienced than is gene- ance in the perception and experiencing rally appreciated. It has been claimed, of the self, including the body-image in fact, that this phenomena is the third and self-concept, as well as in percep- most frequent symptom seen in hospital- tion of

Journal

The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 1, 1972

Keywords: Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis

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