Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek: Psychopathological Symptoms
Passive Negativism


Definition: Resistance to being moved and carry out instructions/orders (Petho and Ban 1989).


Exploration: Resistance to moving the subject’s arm and leg by force and instructions qualifies for the presence of “passive negativism.”




Petho B, Ban TA. DCR Budapest-Nashville in the diagnosis and classification of functional psychoses. Psychopathology 1989;21:153-240.


Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek

March 09, 2017