Article: The Nature of Psychopathology Mark H. Bickhard

central self terror

centralized terror: “Autoprotectiveness, then, is constituted as a central terror at the center of, and concerning, one’s being, one’s self. Autoprotectiveness is a (cognitively) central (emotional) terror.”

“Process versus Structural Models. Once the problem of rigidity is recognized as a distinct issue in its own right, it forms a powerful question to bring to bear on proffered models of personality and psychopathology. With respect to a purported explication of psychopathology, the basic question is
“How and why does it (the purported psychopathological structure or pattern) stay that way?” that is,”How and why is it rigid?” “