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Terminology. Our culture labels patterns of behavior and perception that display massively disturbed stimulus processing, ego alteration, and lack of insight into reality and the individual’s morbid state as pathological psychotic aberrations. Major symptoms include delusional ideation, formal and substantial disturbances of cognition and affect (impoverished, disjointed, illogical thinking; panic, mania, depression), hallucinations, incoherent communication, and bizarre behavior. The term psychosis, clinically popular, is disappearing fro…

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Wahl, Heribert, “Psychosis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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