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Eder, M.D. (1933). Psychoanalyse Und Heilung Eines Nachtwandelnden Knaben: By Dr. G. H. Graber. (Merlin-Verlag, Baden-Baden. Pp. 67. M. 1.80.). Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 14:278.

(1933). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 14:278

Psychoanalyse Und Heilung Eines Nachtwandelnden Knaben: By Dr. G. H. Graber. (Merlin-Verlag, Baden-Baden. Pp. 67. M. 1.80.)

Review by:
M. D. Eder

This account of a boy ten years of age troubled by sleep-walking is of value by reason of the complete cure of the symptom that resulted; a cure his mother three years later stated had been maintained. Sleep-walking began with school life. Every night at about the same time, the child quietly, in his sleep, left his bed, opened the door, glided into his parents' bedroom, went to his mother's bed and then, as noiselessly, returned to his own room and bed. There was complete amnesia for these nocturnal events. A fairly full account of the analysis is given, especially of the Oedipus situation; the pre-oedipus relationship did not go very deep. Graber has no difficulty in relating the sleep-walking to desire of the mother—a return to the womb—but no explanation is offered of why it ceased four days after the analysis began. The length of the analysis is not stated; the report of a very classical Oedipus situation—there was a younger brother—shows marked positive transference to the analyst; no negative transference of any moment is mentioned. The account, which, Graber states, attempts to deal with the psycho-analysis of the whole personality, makes no attempt to explain why the unconscious selected this particular symptom; the choice of symptom as well as the choice of neurosis to-day demands explanation.

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