hysteria

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Etymology[edit]

From New Latin hysteria, from hysteric, from Latin hystericus, from Ancient Greek ὑστερικός (husterikós, suffering in the uterus, hysterical), from ὑστέρα (hustéra, womb). Compare French hystérie.

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hysteria (usually uncountable, plural hysterias or hysteriæ)

  1. Behavior exhibiting excessive or uncontrollable emotion, such as fear or panic.
  2. (medicine) A mental disorder characterized by emotional excitability etc. without an organic cause.
    • 1974, Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., chapter 13, The Myth of Mental Illness[1], ISBN 0-06-091151-4, page 218:
      The typical cases of hysteria cited by Freud thus involved a
      moral conflict—a conflict about what the young women in
      question wanted to do with themselves. Did they want to
      prove that they were good daughters by taking care of their
      sick fathers? Or did they want to become independent of their
      parents, by having a family of their own, or in some other
      way? I believe it was the tension between these conflicting
      aspirations that was the crucial issue in these cases. The sexual
      problem—say, of the daughter's incestuous cravings for her
      father—was secondary (if that important); it was stimulated,
      perhaps, by the interpersonal situation in which the one had to
      attend to the other's body. Moreover, it was probably easier to
      admit the sexual problem to consciousness and to worry about
      it than to raise the ethical problem indicated.3 In the final
      analysis, the latter is a vastly difficult problem in living. It
      cannot be "solved" by any particular maneuver but requires
      rather decision making about basic goals, and, having made
      the decisions, dedicated efforts to attain them.

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hysteria

  1. hysteria

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