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Murphy, W.F. (1957). A Note on the Significance of Names. Psychoanal Q., 26:91-106.

(1957). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 26:91-106

A Note on the Significance of Names

William F. Murphy, M.D.


The significance of names in the organization of the ego defense patterns is discussed and illustrated. Given names, surnames, nicknames, and assumed names have numerous important significances in the development of individuals, and often give clues to their attitudes toward themselves and others with whom they have been closely associated. In some instances they appear to have an initially pathogenic influence.

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