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Menaker, E. (1960). The Self-Image as Defense and Resistance. Psychoanal Q., 29:72-81.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:72-81

The Self-Image as Defense and Resistance

Esther Menaker, Ph.D.


A type of defense in the transference is described in which the patient's self-image is projected onto the analyst who represents the mother as the source of his narcissistic supplies. This type of transference is a resistance to mobilizing energy for mature activity which arouses an anxiety of separation from the mother. It is through the analysis of this resistance that this negative therapeutic reaction can be overcome.

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