chapter  14
Disorders of Thought: Magic and Obsessions
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The personality disorders encountered in psychoanalytic practice do not generally involve disabilities as fundamental as the loss of symbolic ability in overt psychoses. Moreover, the circumscribed disorders of thought observable in the analytic situation are due more to reversible regressions than to failures to develop specific skills in the first place. Nonetheless, it is not unusual to detect various apraxias in the realm of thinking in analyzable persons -from such limited disabilities as the lack of a asense of humor" or an inability to grasp whether a statement is to be understood literally or metaphorically, through more serious disorders such as failures in the capacity to draw generalized inferences from a series of specific instances, to disruptive syndromes such as the prevalence of obsessions or magical ideation.