Skin diseases and secondary symbiosis

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Leading researcher, Laboratory of psychology of abilities and mental resources named after V.N. Druzhinin
Affiliation: Federal State-financed Establishment of Science, Institute of Psychology RAS
Address: Moscow, Moscow, Yaroslavskaya str., 13, Russia
Journal namePsikhologicheskii zhurnal
EditionVolume 41 Issue 2

The study was conducted within the framework of the psychological separation and symbiosis problem. It was assumed that psychosomatic skin diseases can be considered as a "consequence” of desruption of the primary mother - infant bonding and as a form of secondary symbiosis, through which the compensatory boundary of the Ego is built and identity is determined. An empirical study was conducted on a sample of 72 women aged from 20 to 40 years, Me =37 years (30 healthy women, 17 suffering from psoriasis and 25 suffering from atopic dermatitis) using the I-structure test of G. Ammon (ISTA). It is shown that clinical manifestations and scales of internal and external Self-delineation can be interpreted in the case of atopic dermatitis as a manifestation of a tendency to merge, and in the case of psoriasis - as a tendency to avoid. The study indicates the need for a more differentiated analysis of the external and internal boundaries of the Ego (deficit, destructive and constructive Self-delineations) and related psychological problems associated with different nosological groups of skin diseases.

KeywordsScales of external and internal Self-delineations, G. Ammon test (ISTA), primary and secondary symbiosis, separation, skin, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, ego boundary
AcknowledgmentThe study was performed on state assignment No. 015920200008
Publication date04.03.2020
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