Pain and Pleasure: A Study of Bodily Feelings

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Syracuse University Press, Dec 1, 1988 - Psychology - 348 pages
In this work Dr. Szasz dispels popular and scientific confusion about what pain and pleasure actually are. Demonstrating the doubtful value of such distinctions as “real” and Imagined” pain, or “physical” and “intellectual” pleasure, he analyses the basic concepts-psychological, philosophical, and sociological-involved in bodily feelings and discusses how these feelings are communicated. Some of the subjects discussed in Pain and Pleasure include: self-mutilation, sexual satisfaction, “hysterical anesthesia,” false pregnancy, laughter, homosexuality, and dream analysis.
 

Contents

Preface 1988
vii
Pain in a New Perspective 1975
xvii
Preface to the First Edition
lv
Acknowledgments
lxi
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PAIN
49
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BODILY
105
Excerpts from the Literature
170
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PLEASURE
183
RETROSPECTS AND CONCLUSIONS
235
Sociological Considerations
247
Publications on Pain by Thomas S Szasz M D
257
Index of Authors
279
Index of Subjects
285
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