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Lewinsky, H. (1951). Pathological Generosity. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 32:185-189.

(1951). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 32:185-189

Pathological Generosity

Hilde Lewinsky


Giving as concerned in Pathological Generosity has its roots in oral and anal fixations. It is due to an acknowledgement that the direct satisfaction of the greed for love, for a penis, etc., cannot be attained through the sadistic approach. Owing to an incapacity of facing the hopelessness of the desires, the illusion of ultimate reciprocity is introduced. The patients used generosity unconsciously as a technique comparable to homoeopathic magic. There were indications that they attempted satisfaction of infantile curiosity by identification with their present.

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