This study offers statistical proof that environmental influences outweigh biological hereditary elements in serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia. In order to demonstrate how schizophrenia might be interpreted as the absence of a developmental stage in the future schizophrenic, the paper then applies Lacan’s theories to the situation. Such a patient did go through a phase where the mother/child bond predominated and two illusions were formed, namely that my mother is all-powerful and perfect and that I, the child, am all the mother could possibly want. These patients were unable to address the fantasies that had been formed in their relationship with their mother because they lacked a strong relationship with a third person, who is typically the father. The study uses Karon to show that the therapist must begin by respecting the patient’s delusions. The method of Villemoes, which tries to improve the patient’s relationship to language by describing objects in the patient’s environment, is then examined in the study. Villemoes then assists the patient in describing the items they can recall and allows them to connect those memories with the relationships they have formed with other individuals. This enables the sufferer to gradually come to terms with who they have become. At this point, Villemoes begins the process of terminating the therapy.


Author (s) Details

Wilfried Ver Eecke

Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University, Washington, US.


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Keywords –  Schizophrenia, open dialogue, psychosocial rehabilitation programme

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