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Volume 55 Issue 4 (December 1982), Pages 297-390

The psychopathology of hallucinations—A methodological analysis (pages 335-348)

The time‐hallowed description of hallucinations as sensory perceptions without an object is both a fallacy and a misreading of Esquirol's original definition. Central to a redefinition of hallucinations is the conception of the hallucinator as the author of his hallucinations, homologous to the dreamer, the author of his dreams. Hallucinations are viewed as a sui generis mental activity which can be described phenomenologically, psychologically, dynamically, psychodynamically, emotionally, logically, nosologically, and interpersonally.

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