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Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Studies on Hysteria

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 11 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b989

Theories of Personality

Notwithstanding the many well-reasoned theories of personality, we remain a
mystery to ourselves and others. Nevertheless, these theories, which represent
the work of physicians and psychologists, provide us with a language and
structure that elucidates personality. Sometimes one theory is more applicable
to a particular situation. So it is wise to familiarize oneself with as many
theories of personality as possible, including those of Freud, Meyer, Rank,
Sullivan, Horney, Adler, Reik, Deutsch, Jung, Erikson, Frankl, Hartmann, Kris,
and Lowenstein. In order to understand a patient’s disease, we must
understand the patient.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

14 March 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA