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Miller, S.B. (1986). Disgust: Conceptualization, Development and Dynamics. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 13:295-307.

(1986). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 13:295-307

Disgust: Conceptualization, Development and Dynamics

Susan B. Miller


Given the variety of meanings to the designation, disgust, and the variety of conflicts that appear to be expressed through disgust feelings, it seems most accurate to conceptualize disgust as a broad, gradually developed linguistic category. Eligible for inclusion in the category will be any experiences that are symbolized or characterized by the individual in terms of rejection of an awful object or substance. Generally, the object is imagined in ingestive terms but sometimes it is envisaged largely by way of gruesome skin contact or visual contact. Each set of images signifies an entry route into the body and self. Certain developmental conflicts will be more readily expressed via disgust than others. However, any conflict that can be expressed in the terms already stated can generate disgust. Often an experience of disgust will condense issues from two or more developmental phases.

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