Phenomenology of personality
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The dissertation asks and answers a twofold question: (1) What is the nature of meanings and, (2) What role do meanings play in the development of personality? The following answer is defended: meanings are mental acts that mediate the interaction between the world and subjects and that can generate predictable behaviors. The psychological condition known as hysteria is used as a case study, and psychosomatic conditions in general are likewise considered. Key historical referents include Martin Heidegger's Being and Time , Jean-Paul Sartre's Baudelaire as well as Being and Nothingness , Sigmund Freud's Three Essays on a Theory of Sexuality , and contemporary literature on hysteria, somatoform disorders, and the nature of subjectivity.