• Barbara Ann Winstead


In an often-quoted statement, hysteria has been defined as “a picture of women in the words of men, and ... what the description sounds like is a caricature of femininity” (Chodoff and Lyons, 1958, p. 739). Unfortunately, we cannot begin our exploration of sex roles and hysteria with a more objective definition of hysteria. No such definition exists. At best, we can search for an understanding of the ways in which the diagnosis “hysteria” has been used and of the relationship between its use and the gender of the person to whom the term has been applied.


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  • Barbara Ann Winstead
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA

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