ANNETTE C. WASHBURNE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
For practical purposes the psychoneuroses may be viewed as "exhibitions of maladjustment" of the individual to his environment. The term maladjustment has been subject to considerable criticism and discussion. Some have interpreted it as applying only to the reactions of the individual to situational factors, others have used it as a yardstick in the differentiation of the psychoses and the psychoneuroses, while to many the term is merely an unsatisfactory ambiguity.
In its broadest sense it would appear that maladjustments may involve physiological as well as psychological considerations—reactions of the total organism to environmental changes interpreted as hostile or threatening
WASHBURNE AC. SOME ASPECTS OF THE PSYCHONEUROSES1. Ann Intern Med. ;13:1388–1398. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-13-8-1388
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;13(8):1388-1398.
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