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Riggall, R.M. (1925). Cuildhood: M. N. Searl. A Child Study. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 1924, Vol. IV, p. 249.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 6:59.
    
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(1925). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 6:59

Cuildhood: M. N. Searl. A Child Study. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 1924, Vol. IV, p. 249.

Robert M. Riggall

This is an interesting sketch of the phantasy life of a Scandinavian child, six years of age, who lived with her mother and an eighteen-year-old step-sister, the child's father having been divorced. The author observes that an enforced over-occupation with phantasy, together with a strong ego-ideal, caused delay in the onset of the latency period, phantasy becoming the only possible compromise between reality and wishes. The author, who was intimately associated with the child, observed various reactions of love and hate towards herself which clearly illustrated the working of the Oedipus situation. The mechanism of a compulsion to phantastic lying and kleptomania, with their relation to each other, agrees with the observations of other observers. An interesting drawing is reproduced, showing the child's phantasy of fæcal birth, and some observations are made concerning an attempt to establish relations with a love-object on the basis of her masochistic tendencies and anal-erotism.

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Riggall, R.M. (1925). Cuildhood. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 6:59

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