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Glenn, J. (1984). Psychic Trauma and Masochism. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 32:357-386.

(1984). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 32:357-386

Psychic Trauma and Masochism

Jules Glenn, M.D.


Three analyses are presented in which acute trauma (over-whelming internal or external stimulation so great as to preclude the patient's utilizing his usual defenses adequately) in childhood contributed to the development of masochism. The patients later attempted mastery through repetition, reversal, and erotization, and employed regression as a defense against feared oedipal wishes.

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