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Title: Jaspers' phenomenological orientation of meaningful whole of inner psychotic experience : its implications on intervention with schizophrenic patients
Authors: Yip, KS 
Issue Date: 2002
Source: Dynamische psychiatrie, 2002, v. 35, no. 3-4, p. 539-562 How to cite?
Journal: Dynamische Psychiatrie 
Abstract: In this paper the author deals with the term »meaningful whole« as coined by Jaspers. The author contends that the subjective psychotic experience of schizophrenic patients is in fact meaningful to them and much more important to the individual than their outwardly manifested form. The symptoms for clinicians often seem to be the most important to deal with in the way of medication, institutionalization and tightened control. In line with Jaspers the author divides the »meaningful whole« which the patient tries to accomplish for himself, into three subcategories: the momentary whole, the meaningful connection and the attitude and response of the patient towards the subjective experience within their illness. By means of a case illustration it is illustrated how an understanding of this concept as developed by Jaspers, helps the clinician to establish a better empathetic rapport with his patient and to gain greater understanding of psychotic experience and its meaning for the patient.
ISSN: 0012-740X
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