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Mitrani, J.L. (1992). On the Survival Function of Autistic Manoeuvres in Adult Patients. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 73:549-559.

(1992). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 73:549-559

On the Survival Function of Autistic Manoeuvres in Adult Patients

Judith L. Mitrani


This paper highlights features of the work on autism of Tustin and others pertaining to the analysis of adult patients. Several clinical illustrations from the analysis of neurotic, borderline and psychotic patients emphasizing the survival function of autistic shapes, objects and delusions are presented. The need for further discrimination between autistic states of mind and other primitive mental states is recommended.

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