Henri Ey's neojacksonism and the psychopathology of disintegrated mind

  • Farina B
  • Ceccarelli M
  • Di Giannantonio M
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Abstract

The French psychiatrist Henri Ey developed his organo-dynamic theory of the mind function and consciousness 50 years ago incorporating Hughling Jackson's thinking, along with psychiatric and philosophical theorizations by Janet and Bergson. This model has not received the attention it deserved, but recent advances in neuroscience rekindled interest for Ey's theory. By overcoming the Cartesian mind-body dualism and treating the mind-body unit as an inseparable whole, this model opens the way for the integrated treatment of mental disorders. Ey's conceptualization of consciousness as being simultaneously both synchronous and diachronic anticipates current theories of consciousness (Damasio, Edelman, Mesulam).

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  • Attachment theory
  • Dissociation
  • Integration
  • Neojacksonism
  • Organodynamic theory

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Authors

  • Benedetto Farina

  • Maurizio Ceccarelli

  • Massimo Di Giannantonio

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