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(1927). Applied Psycho-Analysis: I. A. Grant Duff. A Psycho-Analytical Study of a Phantasy of Ste. Thérèse de l'enfant Jésus. British Journal of Psychology, 1925, Vol. V, Part 4, p. 345.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 8:84-85.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Applied Psycho-Analysis: I. A. Grant Duff. A Psycho-Analytical Study of a Phantasy of Ste. Thérèse de l'enfant Jésus. British Journal of Psychology, 1925, Vol. V, Part 4, p. 345.

(1927). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 8:84-85

Applied Psycho-Analysis: I. A. Grant Duff. A Psycho-Analytical Study of a Phantasy of Ste. Thérèse de l'enfant Jésus. British Journal of Psychology, 1925, Vol. V, Part 4, p. 345.

The subject of this study is Thérèse Martin, a French girl who was canonized last year. She entered a Carmelite convent at the early age of fifteen and a half, and died when she was twenty-seven and a half. She wrote her autobiography a year or so before her death, at the request of an elder sister, who was prioress of the convent where she was a nun.

When she was two to three years of age she had a phantasy of flying to God in her mother's arms, where she felt God would be unable to do anything to her. The study gives many of the forms through which this phantasy passed during the course of her life, and shows how her vocation,

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and a long illness, which she had when she was ten years old, were an attempt to reproduce it in action.

The unconscious wish is the gratification of the desires towards the father, with the mother as an intermediary. Part of the mechanism is an intense identification with the mother's genital organs.

Author's Abstract.

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(1927). Applied Psycho-Analysis. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 8:84-85

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