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This revision of Freudian psychoanalysis postulates the emotions of shame and guilt as central in mental illness. Humans are seen, no doubt correctly, as social organisms, and the emotions of shame and guilt are found to be mobilized in the service of maintaining social bonds. When these emotions are not sufficiently "discharged," the result may be hysteria, phobia, compulsive disorders, paranoia, or depression. Therapy designed to exorcize shame and guilt, the author argues, should prove more effective than traditional psychoanalysis.
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Freud and Modern Psychology. Volume 1: The Emotional Basis of Mental Illness.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:128. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-1-128_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(1):128.
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