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Gerson, S. (2011). Humiliation and the Cultural and Relational Structuring of Hysteria: Reply to Commentaries. Psychoanal. Dial., 21(5):548-550.

(2011). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21(5):548-550

Humiliation and the Cultural and Relational Structuring of Hysteria: Reply to Commentaries

Sam Gerson, Ph.D.

In this reply to the discussions by Muriel Dimen and Richard Lasky of “Hysteria and Humiliation” I emphasize how historical theoretical conceptualizations of hysteria have always been informed by derogatory attitudes. I concur with Dimen's view that power is always invoked in gender and race relations and that these inevitably find their way into the clinical. I disagree with Lasky's view that the hysteric can be understood primarily through the operation of “autonomous mental events” and that too great a reliance on this concept obscures the role of cultural and developmental experiences of humiliation in the origins and maintenance of hysteric phenomena.

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