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(1956). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: Vacations: A Psychoanalytic Study. Alexander Grinstein. Pp. 177-186.. Psychoanal Q., 25:614-614.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: Vacations: A Psychoanalytic Study. Alexander Grinstein. Pp. 177-186.

(1956). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 25:614-614

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955: Vacations: A Psychoanalytic Study. Alexander Grinstein. Pp. 177-186.

Why are vacations necessary, what are the psychodynamics of vacation, and what constitutes a 'good' vacation? The author considers these three questions. Vacations provide a release from cultural demands and enable one to reduce the demands and restrictions of reality to a minimum. The pleasure principle plays a more active role, with opportunities for various sublimated pregenital instinctual gratifications under conditions of permissiveness. Those with rigid superegos find it difficult to take or enjoy vacations; not to work and to have pleasure are dangerous. The ego is, on vacation, in a state of partial regression, somewhat similar to the situation in sleep. Nevertheless, the temporary freedom from the demands of reality enables the ego to utilize the freed energy in a synthetic reparative fashion.

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(1956). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXVI, 1955. Psychoanal. Q., 25:614-614

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