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The term “neurosis” really means nervous sickness, but from the days of S. Freud (1856–1939) it has taken on the sense of psychoneurosis. Disturbances in development (§2) at specific phases, as well as unconscious anxieties and their defense, result in a conflict between the claims of impulse (Libido) and a constitutionally and biographically weakened ego that manifests itself in certain symptoms and character distortions. More importance…

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Wahl, Heribert, “Neurosis”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 28 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N152>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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