Psychodynamics and the Economic Problems in the Psychothrapeutic Approach to Psychosomatic Disorders

  • Daniel Luminet


Psychodynamics have indeed contributed to our understanding of the so-called psychosomatic disorders. The range covered by this ill-defined entity has spread further and wider from the days of Alexander and the Chicago School, when “holy seven” and specificity of dynamic conflicts seemed relatively clear and circumscribed (Alexander, 1950). At present, Alexander’s essential contribution is considered mostly of historical interest, if not discarded altogether, because of its attempt at excessive systematisation. At the same time, his description of “premature characterological precipitates” as an essential developmental element in these patients’ ultimate structure, remains pertinent to this day. The most obvious character traits observed in psychosomatic disorders are, however, not specific to this group of patients and therefore not necessarily indicative of particular therapeutic strategies.


Psychosomatic Medicine Mental Apparatus Somatic Disorder Atypical Depression Psychosomatic Disorder 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Luminet
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  1. 1.Department of Psychology and Psychosomatic MedicineLiege UniversityLiegeBelgium

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