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Intersubjectivity and Psychopathology in the Schizophrenia Spectrum: Complicated We, Compensatory Strategies, and Self-Disorders

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  1. Social Life in the Schizophrenia Spectrum: A Phenomenological Study of Five Patients

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  2. Arguments for a Phenomenologically Informed Clinical Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorder

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  3. Measuring Psychotic-Like Experiences in the General Population

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  4. Toward a Phenomenological Psychotherapy for Schizophrenia

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  1. Selbststörungen und Scizophrenie: Eine phänomenologische Neubewetung mangelnder Krankheitseinsicht und Non-Complicance (transl).

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  2. Social Life in the Schizophrenia Spectrum: A Phenomenological Study of Five Patients

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  3. Thought insertion and disturbed for-me-ness (minimal selfhood) in schizophrenia

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  4. First-rank symptoms and self-disorders in schizophrenia

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  5. Selfhood and its disorders

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Recent studies in phenomenological psychopathology emphasize the importance of intersubjectivity for our understanding of schizophrenia. Yet, the central role of the "we" in social experience and engagement is largely absent from this literature. Our study explores the relation between psychopathology and intersubjectivity in the schizophrenia spectrum through the prism of the "we." First, we explore the role of intersubjectivity in the current schizophrenia spectrum definitions and discuss the main contemporary research trends. Second, we recollect some of the classical accounts of schizophrenia, which offer a different perspective on the pervasive and often persistent intersubjective difficulties in these conditions. Third, capitalizing on recent advances in collective intentionality studies, we present and discuss a conceptual framework of the "we" and of how the "we" may be disrupted in schizophrenia. Through this framework and with the use of clinical vignettes, we elicit 3 compensatory strategies, which, we suggest, reflect a fragile sense of "we" in the schizophrenia spectrum, i.e. (i) positive withdrawal, (ii) imposing a goal-oriented, spatiotemporal structure on intersubjective engagement, and (iii) preferring social activities with a clear attribution of social roles and rules. Finally, we discuss the relation between anomalous self-experiences (i.e. self-disorders) and the complicated "we."

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychopathology
Volume50
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)321-333
Number of pages13
ISSN0254-4962
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Publication statusPublished - 2017

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