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Dimen, M. (2011). The Mystery of Hysteria and the Crossroads of Power: Commentary on Paper by Sam Gerson. Psychoanal. Dial., 21(5):531-537.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(5):531-537

The Mystery of Hysteria and the Crossroads of Power: Commentary on Paper by Sam Gerson

Muriel Dimen, Ph.D.

Hysteria and Humiliation,” it is argued, performs a small miracle, weaving inner and outer perspectives on a seemingly mysterious condition into a clinically useful formulation. Its bold new thinking is shown to clear up many conceptual problems about the state of mind and sufferings that a diagnosis of “hysteria” usually designates. This paper, it is suggested, also puts paid to the classical denigration of women implicit in the very category of hysteria itself, thus advancing the psychoanalysis of power.

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