AUSTEN FOX RIGGS, M.D., F.A.C.P.; HORACE K. RICHARDSON, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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A psychoneurosis is an involuntary and automatic disorder of normal people, based on hypersensitiveness and the relative imbalance of instincts, causing inner conflict between instinctive forces and adult, intelligent strivings and ideals. Some outward maladaptation to life manifests itself by typical symptomatology in the vegetative, somatic, emotional or intellectual fields, thereby functioning as a compromise between the demands of the instinctive forces and the higher intellectual and ethical aims, and as a protective mechanism against whatever is painful and unacceptable emotionally and intellectually. The particular form of neurosis which develops is determined by the relative composition of individuality and environmental
RIGGS AF, RICHARDSON HK. THE RÔLE OF THE PERSONALITY IN PSYCHOTHERAPEUTICS1. Ann Intern Med. 1936;10:13–24. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-10-1-13
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1936;10(1):13-24.
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