CHAPTER 22  
ENDONEURO­PSYCHIC PERCEPTION

 

We shall not cease from our exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

THE STUDY OF disjunctive cognitions in relation to neuropathological syndromes may be related to what Freud called “endopsychic perception.” Freud meant by this term that psychopathological symptoms like hallucinations and delusions also have a positive value for researchers, in that they may suggest how the human mind is organized and structured. For example, delusions of being watched may be considered a projected “endopsychic perception” of the superego. Freud (1933) wrote:

[Psychotics] have turned away from external reality, ...

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