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Merrill, B.R. (1951). Childhood Attitudes Toward Flatulence and their Possible Relation to Adult Character. Psychoanal Q., 20:550-564.

(1951). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 20:550-564

Childhood Attitudes Toward Flatulence and their Possible Relation to Adult Character

Bruce R. Merrill, M.D.


The meaning of flatulence and some possible psychological derivatives of this biological function in a small group of similar personalities have been discussed. These men had achieved inadequate father identifications and at this level their flatulence represented an attempt to achieve this. Their anal development was also stunted, and they exhibited an inadequate enjoyment of achievement. Their disrupted oral development was evidenced by impulsiveness and inadequate superego development.

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