EQUILIBRIUM (Labyrinthine Sense; Vestibular Sense)

The sense of balance and position.Two sets of receptors in the inner ear, or “labyrinth,” are responsible for our senses of balance and position...

EIDETIC IMAGERY (Photographic Memory)

Mental imagery, usually visual, which closely resembles actual perception.Some people are able to look at a drawing or page of print for a short...

EROTIC

An adjective applied to any person, object, or experience that is consciously or unconsciously charged with sexual feeling.In psychoanalytic theory all sexual energy is...

ELATION

A mood of exaggerated well-being and joyous excitement accompanied by restless energy and a confident, optimistic attitude.The most typical psychiatric manifestation of elation is...

EROTOGENIC ZONE (Erogenous Zone)

An area of the body that is particularly susceptible to erotic stimulation. Three of these zones are considered primary: the oral, anal, and genital....

ELECTROSHOCK THERAPY (Elec- troconvulsive Therapy; EST, ECT)

Convulsive therapy was originated by the Hungarian psychiatrist, Ladislaus J. Meduna in 1935, after he had noted that epilepsy and schizophrenia rarely occur together,...

ESQUIROL, JEAN (1772-1840)

Es- quirol, an early exponent of the functional point of view and of humane treatment in psychiatry, was born in Toulouse, France. After studying...

ELIMINATION DRIVES

The physical and developmental facts about urination and defecation are simple and clear-cut as compared to the amount of theory and emotional concern these...

ESTHETICS

The study of the nature of art and the art experience.Ever since Plato esthetics has been a province of philosophy, but from the time...

EMOTION (General)

Emotions are intense “stirred up” feelings, usually directed toward a specific person or event, and involving widespread visceral and skeletal changes.The feelings involved in...

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