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date: 20 September 2019

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Hubertus Tellenbach’s research on phenomenological psychiatry is characterized by both erudite scholarship and philosophical brilliance. Tellenbach’s most important contributions to psychiatry are to be found in four different areas of research: 1) the methodology of the psychopathological approach; 2) the study of melancholia; 3) the phenomenology of atmosphere and mood; and 4) an intercultural investigation of fatherhood. This chapter focuses primarily on the first two areas, although some aspects related to the third area are also mentioned. The last part of the chapter highlights the importance of Tellenbach’s analysis of the melancholic type to current research on depression. Tellenbach’s investigation can contribute to clarifying the connections between our society based on performance and optimatization and the alarming relevance of depression in our contemporary society.

Keywords: phenomenological psychiatry, endogeneity, typus melancholicus, phenomenology of mood, depression

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