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(1956). Journal of Mental Science. C, 1954: Things Always Come in Threes. F. Lechat. Pp. 518-540.. Psychoanal Q., 25:296-297.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of Mental Science. C, 1954: Things Always Come in Threes. F. Lechat. Pp. 518-540.

(1956). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 25:296-297

Journal of Mental Science. C, 1954: Things Always Come in Threes. F. Lechat. Pp. 518-540.

Lechat illustrates by several examples from his analytic practice the effect of two severe and similar traumata during the patient's early life in producing anxious expectation of a third similar event. This anxious expectation results in a

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neurotic symptom. The second event re-enforces the first and the patient becomes convinced that there is no other possibility for the future. He then develops anxiety in any situation that might lead to a repetition of the traumatic situation. The patient may have a neurotic wish to retain the anxiety because it protects him against repetition of the trauma.

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(1956). Journal of Mental Science. C, 1954. Psychoanal. Q., 25:296-297

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