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The bipolar causality of regression

The bipolar causality of regression The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 50, No. 2, 1990 Robert W. Firestone The illness followed close upon the fulfillment of a wish and put an end to all enjoyment of it .... At first sight there is something strange about this; but on closer con- sideration we shall reflect that it is not at all unusual for the ego to tolerate a wish as harmless so long as it exists in phantasy alone and seems remote from fulfillment, whereas the ego will defend itself hotly against such a wish as soon as it approaches fulfillment and threatens to become a reality. Sigmund Freud (1916/1957) "Those Wrecked by Success," pp. 317-318 Like Polycrates, the ego sacrifices success in order to avoid the evil of death, or at least to put it off. Otto Rank (1936/1972) Will Therapy and Truth and Reality, p. 188 Human beings exist in a state of conflict: On the one hand, they have power- ful drives to fulfill their potential as unique and independent individuals, and on the other they have self-destructive and self-limiting tendencies and strong unconscious desires to be taken care of. People usually feel the best emo- tionally when they are experiencing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

The bipolar causality of regression

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis , Volume 50 (2): 15 – Jun 1, 1990

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
1990 Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1007/BF01250909
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Abstract

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 50, No. 2, 1990 Robert W. Firestone The illness followed close upon the fulfillment of a wish and put an end to all enjoyment of it .... At first sight there is something strange about this; but on closer con- sideration we shall reflect that it is not at all unusual for the ego to tolerate a wish as harmless so long as it exists in phantasy alone and seems remote from fulfillment, whereas the ego will defend itself hotly against such a wish as soon as it approaches fulfillment and threatens to become a reality. Sigmund Freud (1916/1957) "Those Wrecked by Success," pp. 317-318 Like Polycrates, the ego sacrifices success in order to avoid the evil of death, or at least to put it off. Otto Rank (1936/1972) Will Therapy and Truth and Reality, p. 188 Human beings exist in a state of conflict: On the one hand, they have power- ful drives to fulfill their potential as unique and independent individuals, and on the other they have self-destructive and self-limiting tendencies and strong unconscious desires to be taken care of. People usually feel the best emo- tionally when they are experiencing

Journal

The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 1990

Keywords: Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis

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