hysterical blindness


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hysterical blindness

An inaccurate term for functional blindness, i.e., blindness caused by psychological disorders rather than by demonstrable organic pathology.
See also: blindness
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"I am good friends with Mira Nair," she added, referring to the award-winning Indian director with whom she worked in 2002's Hysterical Blindness.
Director Mira Nair is one of the most interesting modern directors, effortlessly making movies in her native India ("Salaam Bombay," "Monsoon Wedding") and in the west ("Hysterical Blindness," "Vanity Fair").
Jordan, 49, took the autobiographical route once before in his early 1990s play Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far, but that was mostly about his mother, and it employed a choir to serve, as it were, as his chorus.
And Bingham Ray has some affectionate but hilarious tales about Jeff Lipsky, who once suffered a 20-minute bout of hysterical blindness. Another time, Lipsky suddenly got moody and silent at a crucial business dinner.
She has smart things to say about eroticism and cruelty in the camps, hysterical blindness among Cambodian refugees, Zygmunt Bauman and "the production of distance," W.
HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS (Sky Movies 1, 12.10 am) TWO women from New Jersey are looking for love and fulfilment in all the wrong places in this drama.
Adolf Hitler's belief he was meant to rule the world may have stemmed in part from a hypnotic suggestion given during treatment for hysterical blindness in 1918, an American psychiatrist has claimed.