In 1895, Freud hypothesized in his “Project for a Scientific Psychology” that there was a link between the motor system and emotions. Freud suggested that – in the absence of neurological findings – hysterical symptoms were the result of psychological processes i.e. “energy” was being diverted from the psychic system into the motor system when memories and their related affect could not be dealt with. A new study by Yann Cojan has found similar findings.
From the British Psychological Society Blog…..”A new brain imaging study shows the difference, in terms of brain activity, between a person feigning having a paralysed arm and a patient with conversion paralysis – that is, paralysis with no clinically identifiable neurological cause.
Conversion paralysis is one manifestation of conversion disorder, previously known as hysteria, which was made famous by the nineteenth century French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (pictured) and later, by his students Pierre Janet and Sigmund Freud. The label “conversion” disorder comes from the idea that an emotional complaint is somehow converted into a physical symptom.” (more…)