L'Information Psychiatrique


A Requiem for schizoidia? Volume 89, issue 6, Juin-Juillet 2013

CHUV, département de psychiatrie, Lausanne, Suisse

The concept of schizoidia, which emerged in Bleuler's team about one hundred years ago, is dying. We sketch its history, and show how some of the discussions that it raised during the first half of the 20th century have anticipated many of the current debates concerning schizophrenia. If the term “schizoidia” itself may well disappear, the way E. Minkowski envisaged the concept should at least be preserved. By focusing on the distortions of the individual's presence to the world, Minkowski has enriched our understanding of psychopathology, which is nowadays too entrenched into an objectivist perspective.