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Barag, G. (1949). A Case of Pathological Jealousy. Psychoanal Q., 18:1-18.

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(1949). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 18:1-18

A Case of Pathological Jealousy

Gerda Barag, M.D.

When the patient was interviewed for analysis, he was desolate and sobbing. He was, he said, a member of a Kibbuz in the country, and had to move to the city to undergo treatment. He was thirty-three years old, married ten years, and had a nine-year-old son. He had fallen violently in love with his wife at first sight; she was his first serious attachment, and the first woman with whom he had vaginal intercourse. Until he met her, he had had countless sexual relationships during which only ejaculatio ante portas had occurred. With his wife he always completed intercourse very quickly, but occasionally they both obtained satisfaction; nevertheless he was unable to forego other relationships. Wherever he went it seemed to him that women were interested in him and these casual relationships always terminated in ejaculatio ante portas. As he lived in a Kibbuz he became very fearful lest his wife hear of the affairs, especially since his potency had waned steadily with the years, so that intercourse with her became rarer and rarer. The wife reacted very violently to her continual disappointment. To satisfy her he began forcing himself to two consecutive sex acts. Later he began to masturbate secretly before intercourse, in the hope of thus retarding the second ejaculation. Little


Paper read on June 21, 1947, before the Psychoanalytic Society of Israel.

Translated by HENRY ALDEN BUNKER, M.D.

1 The Kibbuz is a community of approximately one hundred fifty members, mostly married couples. Each couple lives in a room, their children in a special house within the farm; the dining room and washrooms are communal. A member to move to the city for treatment has to have the consent of the community. Individuals usually have no income, their earnings being pooled in the community treasury. The members join the community mostly for political and idealistic reasons. They are not communists. That many of them apply for analytic treatment is explained by the fact that they are spiritually active and progressive people who want to make the treasures of science available to 'the man in the street'. The close quarters in which they live in many cases leads to the intensification of existing conflicts. It is not yet decided to what extent people who join such an idealistic movement are ipso facto neurotic.

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