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The migraine interactive kind

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How did psychological theories come this far in migraine medicine? Judy Segal has argued that the explanatory power and popularity of the migraine personality could be attributed to its expansiveness — the migraine personality could describe almost anyone. The migraine personality became what Ian Hacking refers to as an “interactive kind.” Interactive kinds are categories that not only define but also constitute people. That is, some classifications organize individuals’ experiences in such a way that they adapt or respond to their classification. Such was the case with the migraine personality. People with migraine began to adapt to Wolff’s concept of the “migraine personality”: the category altered how they thought, behaved, and classified themselves.

Joanna Kempner in Not Tonight

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