Mental Suffering as a Struggle with Words: Language and Emotion

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Mental Suffering as a Struggle with Words : Language and Emotion. / Rosfort, René.

I: Journal of Psychopathology, Bind 22, Nr. 1, 2016, s. 10-20.

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Rosfort, R 2016, 'Mental Suffering as a Struggle with Words: Language and Emotion', Journal of Psychopathology, bind 22, nr. 1, s. 10-20.

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Rosfort, R. (2016). Mental Suffering as a Struggle with Words: Language and Emotion. Journal of Psychopathology, 22(1), 10-20.

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Rosfort R. Mental Suffering as a Struggle with Words: Language and Emotion. Journal of Psychopathology. 2016;22(1):10-20.

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Rosfort, René. / Mental Suffering as a Struggle with Words : Language and Emotion. I: Journal of Psychopathology. 2016 ; Bind 22, Nr. 1. s. 10-20.

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