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Diagnosing Personality States

  • Frederick C. Thorne
  • Vladimir Pishkin

Abstract

Although much has been written about specific psychological states such as anxiety, anger, and sex, Thorne (1967a, 1970) has presented the only comprehensive system of integrative psychology capable of explicating the general theory, nature, diagnosis, and case-handling implications of state psychology. It is emphasized that the theory, methodology, and applications of a thoroughgoing state psychology are basically different from psychological trait and personality structure theory. All raw behavior occurs only in the form of psychological states, defined as momentary cross-sections of the stream of psychic life. State psychology is molar and global in studying the dynamics of ongoing mental life. Methodologically, it represents an expansion of the psychiatric concept of mental status enlarged to include all the aspects of the stream of consciousness across time as the person runs critical episodes of life management.

Keywords

Psychological State Positive Mental Health Personality Structure Unmarried Mother Psychic Life 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick C. Thorne
    • 1
  • Vladimir Pishkin
    • 2
  1. 1.Clinical Psychology Publishing Co., Inc.BrandonUSA
  2. 2.Veterans Administration HospitalOklahoma CityUSA

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