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Lorand, A.S. (1929). The Mantle Symbol. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 10:98-100.

(1929). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 10:98-100

The Mantle Symbol

Alexander S. Lorand

In the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PSYCHO-ANALYSIS, Vol. VIII, 1927, Ernest Jones tries to explain the meaning of mantle symbolism and comes to the conclusion that the mantle symbolizes the penis, occurring more in the dreams of men than in the dreams of women, He stresses two points as proof. The first point is that the mantle is that part of the person's clothing which is most easily detachable, and the second point is the similarity between the ease with which the arms can slip into and out of an overcoat and the mobility of the penis-covering skin. In both points the castration fear is also included.

Jones' contribution clarifies Freud's first interpretation, in which the phonetic resemblance between man and mantle was the key to the explanation.2

In spite of the acceptance and proof of this interpretation, we are still left with uncertainties when it comes to an explanation.

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