CANNIBALISM

n. the uncontrollable urge to consume human flesh. Pathological in nature, this urge to devour a fellow human being is observed in patients with schizophrenia and related mental disturbances. In psychoanalytic theory, such cannibalistic tendencies point to a fixation with the oral-biting phase of human psychosexual development. See kuru- also windigo.

CANNIBALISM: "Usually observed in schizophrenics, the urge for cannibalism is a form of grave mental disturbance."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CANNIBALISM," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/cannibalism/ (accessed October 28, 2020).
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