Psychopathological and Phenomenological Notes
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 7)


There are at least three reasons for which perplexity deserves attention:
  • Firstly, from the clinical and diagnostic point of view, perplexity is a phenomenon that one frequently notes, but one that is difficult to describe and very embarassing when one attempts its structural analysis, especially for the purposes of a differentiating diagnosis.

  • Secondly, from the phenomenological point of view, perplexity gives us access to the fundamental psychic condition of the human being after the dissolution of the normal categories, specifically those of “being-in-the-world” and of the “being there” as well as to obtain this access at a specific moment, a moment in which the delusional symptoms have not yet come to be formed, although the patient is already giving signs of the delusory mood (Wahnstimmung).

  • Thirdly, at least in my opinion, the phenomenology of intersubjectivity and perplexity, representing the acute crisis of coexistence, shows us in a singularly effective manner the dissolution and the destructuration of the communication pattern with the other and the tendency to reconstitute it by the patient in the world of alienation and no longer in the world of togetherness.


Common World Acute Crisis Unambiguous Significance World Project Delusional Symptom 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of RomeItaly

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