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Naiman, J. (1966). The Role of the Superego in Certain Forms of Acting Out. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 47:286-292.

(1966). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 47:286-292

The Role of the Superego in Certain Forms of Acting Out

James Naiman


The emphasis in the literature dealing with acting out has been primarily on drives, mostly oral, and their gratification. Two clinical examples are given of patients who were orally fixated but whose acting out reflected to a considerable degree the unconscious pressures of the superego and the need for punishment.

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