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Cohen, N.A. (1982). On Loneliness and the Ageing Process. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 63:149-155.

(1982). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 63:149-155

On Loneliness and the Ageing Process

Norman A. Cohen


In this paper I have focused attention on a particular group of patients who by the very nature of their narcissistic disorder often do not seek help until they are elderly. I have indicated through clinical material the nature of intrapsychic conflicts, a failure to achieve and work through depressive anxieties that interfere with the successful resolution of problems related to mourning; this does not allow for adequate adaptation to ageing and poses problems with regard to the evaluation and prognosis of such patients for psychoanalytic therapy.

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