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Lander, J. (1956). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXV, 1954: The Analysis of an Unconscious Pinocchio Fantasy In an Obsessional Neurosis. Daniel Silverman. Pp. 346-358.. Psychoanal Q., 25:114-115.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXV, 1954: The Analysis of an Unconscious Pinocchio Fantasy In an Obsessional Neurosis. Daniel Silverman. Pp. 346-358.

(1956). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 25:114-115

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXV, 1954: The Analysis of an Unconscious Pinocchio Fantasy In an Obsessional Neurosis. Daniel Silverman. Pp. 346-358.

Joseph Lander

The patient's unconscious identification with Pinocchio was revealed in many ways. Even in his posture, he had a 'wooden' quality, like Pinocchio. Pinocchio's subservience to the pleasure principle, and his constantly disappointing his parents, indicate that he symbolizes the penis and masturbation. In acting out the role of Pinocchio, the patient indulged in forbidden pleasure and evaded the superego; Anna Freud has commented that the pregenital masturbation fantasies of each libidinal stage are compressed into 'one single image or fantasy'

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during latency which then 'becomes the embodiment and secret representative of this first period of childhood'. This is relevant to the Pinocchio fantasy, and to the analysis of this patient. His obsessive guilt about cheating proved to be a confession of guilt over masturbation; his obsessive concern with insects meant the need to 'scratch' the insect (penis).

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Article Citation

Lander, J. (1956). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXV, 1954. Psychoanal. Q., 25:114-115

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