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Bryan, D. (1927). Scent in a Symptomatic Act. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 8:403-405.

(1927). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 8:403-405

Scent in a Symptomatic Act

Douglas Bryan

A patient, a girl aged about twenty-three, came for her usual daily visit, and as she lay down on the couch remarked that she could not work, felt miserable, irritable, and 'fed up' with things generally. She then said, 'such a dreadful thing has happened to-day, I spilled a bottle of scent over myself, and I have been so self-conscious of it all day'.

It appeared that when she had dressed on getting up in the morning, she had gone to a case in which she kept her scent bottle, and in removing the little stopper had somehow or other dropped the bottle and the contents went on to her. She went down to breakfast and asked her mother if she noticed anything about her, but her mother noticed nothing, so she concluded that the scent on her was not noticeable to others. Later in the day, however, when in a room with some other girls, one of them remarked what a strong smell of scent there was, and my patient became very self-conscious and ashamed. I did not detect any smell of scent while she was in my room. On leaving, however, she implored me to open the window before the next patient came in.

After having told me about the accident with the scent bottle she remarked that she had been having terrible dreams lately, and the one she had had on the previous night was worse than usual.

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