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Thompson, C. (1938). Applied: Fritz Wittels. 'The Criminal Psychopath in the Psychoanalytic System.' Psychoanalytic Review, 1937, Vol. XXIV, No. 3, pp. 276–291.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 19:359.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Applied: Fritz Wittels. 'The Criminal Psychopath in the Psychoanalytic System.' Psychoanalytic Review, 1937, Vol. XXIV, No. 3, pp. 276–291.

(1938). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 19:359

Applied: Fritz Wittels. 'The Criminal Psychopath in the Psychoanalytic System.' Psychoanalytic Review, 1937, Vol. XXIV, No. 3, pp. 276–291.

Clara Thompson

The paper discusses the over-promiscuous psychopath and the criminal psychopath. The creative psychopath is not presented.

The fixation point in psychopaths is found in the phallic phase where sex differentiation is not yet decisive and the Oedipus conflict and castration fear have not yet appeared. Thus the psychopath is bisexual without guilt; i.e., unlike the neurotic he feels no need to conceal his bisexuality. The Don Juan plays up his feminine side as well as his masculine.

In the criminal psychopath one or both components have been desexualized not because of guilt but because of impossibility of fulfilment in reality.

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Thompson, C. (1938). Applied. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 19:359

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