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Fishback, D. (1943). The Potential Prostitute: P. Lionel Goitein. J. of Criminal Psychopathology, III, 1942, pp. 359–367.. Psychoanal Q., 12:602.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Potential Prostitute: P. Lionel Goitein. J. of Criminal Psychopathology, III, 1942, pp. 359–367.

(1943). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12:602

The Potential Prostitute: P. Lionel Goitein. J. of Criminal Psychopathology, III, 1942, pp. 359–367.

Dora Fishback

This is a condensed, fragmented presentation with representative dreams, of a case still in analysis, one of three young women under study who are suffering with the triad of promiscuity drives, strong mother attachment, and anorexia.

While the symptom of anorexia is usually described as a defense against pregnancy by incorporation (and this is also seen in the present case), Goitein draws attention to another possible unconscious motive, defense against prostitution wishes, i.e., against hunger for the 'sweets' of love. Sexual hunger is denied, displaced to the oral sphere and resisted by anorexia, which thus preserves her dependence on her mother (the basis of her passive homosexuality) and permits the release of aggression toward men in prostitution fantasies. In the present case the thirst for men is satisfied, in a typical neurotic compromise, by dipsomania.

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Fishback, D. (1943). The Potential Prostitute. Psychoanal. Q., 12:602

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