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On Impediments to the Process of Individuation

  • A clinical case is presented at length with a view to understanding how the healthy fear of incest, which favours the process of individuation, may come into conflict with the fear of leaving childhood and becoming adult. Among the consequences of this conflict is a sort of paralysis or impediment to living which may be converted into hate. The inquiry mainly regards anxiety, fear, hate and aggression as factors which conspire in holding an individual back from his path in life. The affects are taken into consideration in accordance with Fromm's theory of aggression and his >'syndrome of decay'< diagnostic scheme, which results from the confluence and interaction of incestuous symbiosis, narcissism and destructiveness. Emphasis is placed on mechanisms of repression and splitting of hate not employed in aggression. Repressed and split hate may sustain parahallucinatory symptoms and produce terror. This view offers an explanation of the perturbing symptomatology that afflicted the patient presented here and also shows the power.

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Author:Romano Biancoli
Parent Title (English):International Forum of Psychoanalysis, Oslo (Scandinavian University Press) Vol. 9 (No. 3-4, April 2000), pp. 227-238.
Document Type:Articles
Year of first Publication:2000
Release Date:2012/12/13
Format:PDF-file upon request / PDF-Datei auf Anfrage
Writings about Erich Fromm (Secondary Literature):Articles / Artikel
Erich Fromm's Library and Erich Fromm Archive:Articles / Artikel
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