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Abraham, G. Kocher, P. Goda, G. (1980). Psychoanalysis and Ageing. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 7:147-155.

(1980). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 7:147-155

Psychoanalysis and Ageing

Georges Abraham, Philippe Kocher and Georges Goda


Psychoanalysis has had to face the problem of ageing and old age. However, this confrontation seems always to have been undertaken with a certain reticence and many reservations. In any case, psychoanalytic exposition of the psychodynamics

of the old person has aroused more interest than the application of analytical therapy in the strict sense.

It may be that Freud's views on the difficulty of analysis after fifty are behind this hesitant development of analytical research about old age. After reviewing the existing literature in this field, the authors develop some theoretical considerations, adding portions of an analytically-based psychotherapy of a very old man. But their main aim is not so much to draw conclusions, as to raise afresh the problem of psychoanalysis confronted with old age.

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