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Greenson, R.R. (1943). Intimidation of Others as a Defense Against Anxiety: Robert P. Knight. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, VI, 1942, pp. 4–14.. Psychoanal Q., 12:443.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Intimidation of Others as a Defense Against Anxiety: Robert P. Knight. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, VI, 1942, pp. 4–14.

(1943). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12:443

Intimidation of Others as a Defense Against Anxiety: Robert P. Knight. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, VI, 1942, pp. 4–14.

Ralph R. Greenson

Knight points out that people who feel driven to intimidate others are usually defending themselves against anxiety. These people have a strong need for love which they are unable to admit. Their aggressive attitude provokes hostile responses which increase their anxiety and consequently the need for more aggressive behavior. Thus a vicious cycle is established which can only be broken by analyzing the anxieties. In a very interesting case Knight brings out the decisive factors which produced anxiety by analyzing the transference resistance. The patient, who came to treatment in a catatonic excitement, belonged to this group of belligerent personalities. The deeply repressed passive homosexual longings were the decisive factor in the illness.

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Greenson, R.R. (1943). Intimidation of Others as a Defense Against Anxiety. Psychoanal. Q., 12:443

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