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date: 19 February 2019

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This chapter explores the fundamental anthropological features of the hysterical person. Two essential elements for the understanding of the hysterical persons are described: relational hypo-sufficiency and anthropological fragmentation. Relational hypo-sufficiency reveals the central characteristic of hysterical interpersonality, namely the subjugation of the I of the hysterical person to the other. Relational hypo-sufficiency is understood in terms of its temporality, spatiality, corporeality, and social identity. Anthropological fragmentation has puzzle corporeality as its main characteristic. In it, the body of the hysterical person is transformed into a passive stage of heteronomous life-projects. The chapter draws points of contrast with other disorders and sets out a dialectics of hysterical existence, presenting a fruitful face of this life-world.

Keywords: hysteria, hysterical person, interpersonality, temporality, spatiality, corporeality, social identity, dialetics of existence, relational hypo-sufficiency, anthropological fragmentation

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