- The French term impulsion verbale was introduced in or shortly before 1888 by the French psychiatrist Louis Jules Ernest Séglas (18561939) to denote a type of *psychic hallucination. Under the heading ofverbal impulses Séglas subsumed such phenomena as onomatomania (i.e. the obsessive utterance of words), copro-lalia (i.e. the impulsive production of foul language), and médiumnité parlante (loosely translated as the 'talk of mediums'). Today, speech phenomena such as these tend not to be classified as hallucinations. The reason why Séglas chosetodosowouldseemtostemfromthe conceptual analogy he envisaged between obsessive thoughts and compulsive utterances and from the underlying notion of a 'split personality' that was assumed by him in such cases. Séglas used the term verbal impulse in opposition to *psychomotor hallucination, a notion which he designated as a second type of psychic hallucination.ReferencesHulak, F. (2003). Un concept de J. Séglas revisité. Perspectives Psychiatriques, 42, 312-318.Séglas, J. (1888). L'hallucination dans ses rapports avec la fonction du langage; - les hallucinations psycho-motrices. Progrès Médical, 33/34, 124-126.
Dictionary of Hallucinations. J.D. Blom. 2010.
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