L1. Posterus Praecox


Eugene Bleuler (1857–1939), an influential figure in early psychiatry, was not only the first to speak of ‘depth psychology’ but also, in 1908, coined the term ‘schizophrenia’. A correspondent with Freud, he also met with Velikovsky and prefaced the latter’s early paper on neural telepathy. In a 1921 book (whose second-edition title translates as Natural History of the Soul and of Your Becoming Conscious: Mnemonist Biopsychology), Bleuler wrote of the psychic disintegrations symptomatic of schizophrenia as representing a kind of centrifugal unpeeling into separate, yet parallel, biopsychic units. This gives reason, he inferred, to think of consciousness itself as an aggregate system of nested inclusions, and accordingly Bleuler claimed that he saw no ‘scientific reason to limit the psyche to the conscious functions’…