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Abstract attitude (aka categorical attitude) is a term developed by the German psychiatrist Kurt Goldstein referring to the ability of people to use conceptual categories to classify the world about them in terms of attributes. In doing this they are then able to use symbolic thinking rather than concrete thinking[1]. Brain damage and mental disorder can interfere with this ability leading to cognitive impairment.

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  1. Coleman,A F (2006). Oxford Dictionary of Psychology, 2nd ed. Oxford:OUP.

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