Immanuel Kant, Hypochondria and Tinnitus

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Peter Q, Sep 19, 2021.

    1. Peter Q

      Peter Q Member

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      2009
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      Unknown
      Immanuel Kant writing about hypochondria in his book "Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View" makes a point about hypochondria that might equally be applied to tinnitus, in that it is similar to the cognitive therapeutic approach often adopted in the treatment of tinnitus. Kant writes:

      "The disease of the hypochondriac consists in this: that certain bodily sensations do not so much indicate a really existing disease in the body as rather merely excite apprehensions of its existence: and human nature is so constituted – a trait which the animal lacks – that it is able to strengthen or make permanent local impressions simply by paying attention to them, whereas an abstraction – whether produced on purpose or by other diverting occupations – lessens these impressions, or even effaces them altogether."
       
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