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(1956). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: Some Philosophical Speculations About the Concept of the Genital Character. Samuel Novey. Pp. 88-94.. Psychoanal Q., 25:611.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: Some Philosophical Speculations About the Concept of the Genital Character. Samuel Novey. Pp. 88-94.

(1956). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 25:611

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: Some Philosophical Speculations About the Concept of the Genital Character. Samuel Novey. Pp. 88-94.

The characteristics of the object relationships of the mature (genital) character are not sufficiently clearly defined. Capacity for full orgastic satisfaction implies the discharge of great quantities of excitement, therefore less need for reaction-formation (to control that 'excitement'), and increased ability to sublimate. A realistic awareness of what is 'me' and what is 'not me' is of course basic, but even the mature man is often unaware of the impact of his subjective bias on his objective evaluations. He still retains an extraordinary degree of self-deception. The mature man gains in integrative capacity, but loses that exceptional (intuitive) insight one sees in children and in psychotics, with their sensitivity to inner unconscious motivations. The family romance is a critically important myth, enabling one to set up an adequate ego ideal and an ethical system behind which the mature man conceals an extensive system of necessary beliefs regarding his importance. The fate of the aggressive instinct, as well as the fate of the libido, determines maturity.

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(1956). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955. Psychoanal. Q., 25:611

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