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Theodor Ziehen

Georg Theodor Ziehen (12 November 1862 – 29 December 1950) was a German neurologist and psychiatrist born in Frankfurt am Main. He was the son of noted author, Eduard Ziehen (1819–1884).

As a gymnasium student he studied the works of Immanuel Kant and Arthur Schopenhauer at Lessing-Gymnasium in Frankfurt. Later he studied medicine in Würzburg and Berlin, where he received his doctorate in 1885. While a medical student he studied the writings of David Hume, Spinoza, Plato and George Berkeley. Following graduation he worked as an assistant to Karl Ludwig Kahlbaum at the mental hospital in Görlitz, and in 1887 became an assistant to Otto Binswanger at the psychiatric clinic in Jena. At Jena one of his patients was philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

Subsequently he was a professor of psychiatry in Utrecht (from 1900), Halle (from 1903) and Berlin (1904–1912). In 1912 he moved with his family to a small villa in Wiesbaden, where he spent the next few years as a private scholar. From 1917 he worked as a professor of philosophy at the University of Halle, and in 1930 he retired to Wiesbaden, where he died on 29 December 1950.

Ziehen published nearly 450 works on psychology, neurology, anatomy, et al. He was author of a textbook titled Die Geisteskrankheiten des Kindesalters (Mental Diseases of Childhood), a book that reportedly was the first systematic work on child psychiatry in Germany. He also penned Psychiatrie für Ärzte und Studirende, a textbook that was published in four editions between 1894 and 1911. In his writings, Ziehen is credited with introducing the terms "affective psychosis" and "psychopathic constitution".Along with neurologist Hermann Oppenheim, the "Ziehen-Oppenheim syndrome" is named, a condition defined as genetic torsion dystonia (spasms) due to a lesion of the basal ganglia.As an anatomist, Ziehen published a series of extensive descriptions of the human spinal cord, medulla oblongata, pons and cerebellum in Karl von Bardeleben's handbook of human anatomy (Handbuch der Anatomie des Menschen). These contributions, which, to set the level of detail within them into perspective, amounted to approximately 700 pages on the cerebellum alone, appeared between 1899 and 1934 and were collected in two tomes published in 1903 and 1934, respectively, by the Gustav Fischer Verlag in Jena. Among his other anatomical contributions was the coining of the term nucleus accumbens, which he described in the brain of the common ringtail possum as part of his survey of the neuroanatomy of the marsupials and monotremes.

In 1898 he published Psychophysiologische Erkenntnistheorie (Psychophysiological Theory of Knowledge), with psychology being the basis of his philosophic belief system. He was a practitioner of associative psychology, and from a philosophic standpoint advocated monistic positivism, or what he called the "principle of immanence".

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Some of their strengths

Theodor Ziehen has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Creative, Passionate, Intuitive, Imaginative, Compassionate, Loyal, and Kind.

Intense and Passionate

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Theodor Ziehen is someone who is an intense, passionate, and intuitive person who is fiercely independent, authentic and direct when engaging with others. A person who is charismatic and resourceful.

Constant and Serious

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Theodor Ziehen well know them as someone who can be determined, unmoving, and firm, like a rock or a high mountain.

Courteous and Easygoing

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Theodor Ziehen as someone who is polite, modest, and diplomatic.

A person who tends to be socially popular, who loves intellectual or creative activities, who has a talent for communicating with and understanding the needs of others, and who seems to have a knack for getting recognized for their efforts.

Intelligent and Leadership-oriented

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Theodor Ziehen is someone who is able to see things that others don't, and who can be an effective guide or mentor to others.

They are also someone who is charismatic, compassionate, and understanding, and who is interested in expressing themselves through writing, public speaking, or teaching.

Mysterious and Methodical

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Theodor Ziehen tends to be someone who can come across as mysterious and intense, who can be a complex thinker who is methodical and intuitive, and who can overcome challenges that most others would not be able to.

Some of Theodor Ziehen's challenges

While Theodor Ziehen has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Theodor Ziehen can be Complicated, Brusque, Emotional, Standoffish, Indecisive, Materialistic, and Worrying.

Complicated and Brusque

One of Theodor Ziehen's key challenges is that they are someone who can be complicated and gruff with others.

Indecisive and Materialistic

Theodor Ziehen is someone who can be indecisive, indulgent, and materialistic, who can have difficulty focusing on a single career or profession, have difficulty following orders or respecting authority, and who can suffer from "analysis paralysis".

Sensitive and Aggressive

Finally, Theodor Ziehen also can be too "touchy-feely", have a hard time expressing feelings, be too aggressive and headstrong, and be too unforgiving of others' mistakes.

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