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Frijling-Schreuder, E.C. (1966). The Adaptive Use of Regression. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 47:364-369.

(1966). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 47:364-369

The Adaptive Use of Regression

E. C.M. Frijling-Schreuder


The concept of neutralizing and the concept of collective alternates are helpful in the understanding of artistic processes and of the importance of normal regression during development. These concepts are also useful in respect of some points on technique. Thus the regressive processes in children and in adults should be judged in the following context:

1. the extent to which the personality is involved in the regression;

2. the reversibility of the regression;

3. the extent to which adaptation functions at the same time.

Another point concerns the analyst, viz., his capacity to observe his own regressive processes during the analytic hour but still more his capacity to observe his defence against these processes. If the analyst observes in himself a constant warding off of certain regressive material it is necessary to take up his personal analysis once again.

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