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(1956). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: Psychic Self-Abandon and Extortion of Confessions. James Clark Moloney. Pp. 53-60.. Psychoanal Q., 25:443.
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(1956). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 25:443

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: Psychic Self-Abandon and Extortion of Confessions. James Clark Moloney. Pp. 53-60.

Parallels are drawn between various types of total self-surrender: religious experience; strong positive transference in psychoanalysis; some delusional psychoses; and 'confession under communist interrogation'. A parasitic superego becomes superimposed on a superego already conditioned by originally unfavorable relationships with an authoritarian parent, generally the mother. After prolonged efforts to maintain his identity in the struggle with such a mother (or her substitute, the enemy or interrogator), exhaustion leads to final surrender to the devouring breasts (or their surrogates). Otto Sperling's paper, The Interpretation of the Trauma as a Command,1 is directly relevant to this problem.

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1 This QUARTERLY, XIX, 1950, pp. 352-370.

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(1956). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955. Psychoanal. Q., 25:443

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