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Witt, J.P. (1960). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. IV, 1956: The Personal Myth. A Problem in Psychoanalytic Technique. Ernst Kris. Pp. 653-681.. Psychoanal Q., 29:137-138.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. IV, 1956: The Personal Myth. A Problem in Psychoanalytic Technique. Ernst Kris. Pp. 653-681.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:137-138

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. IV, 1956: The Personal Myth. A Problem in Psychoanalytic Technique. Ernst Kris. Pp. 653-681.

John P. Witt

Distorted autobiographical memories in some patients show a well-knit structure which exceeds the usual gaps and distortions; the whole structure functions as a protective screen and at the same time the patient lives it out. Only after omissions and distortions have been corrected can the repressed be regained. The special type of resistance apparent clinically is the certainty that things could not have been different. Kris details this with three case histories, and notes

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various common denominators which he deals with more fully in his discussion. Dynamically this screen functions both as a solid defense (primarily against aspects of the Oedipal conflict) and as a derivative of pleasurable Oedipal fantasies. The dynamic and developmental conditions favoring this defense are found to be a relatively undisturbed preoedipal period (usually with specific satisfactions), followed by traumatic experiences during the Oedipal phase, repeated later during development. This occurs with a character structure rather anal in nature. In childhood there occurred premature ego development, early internalization of restrictions, and a flourishing fantasy life. These fantasies become connected with the family romance and are elaborated into this autobiographical distortion, the personal myth. Kris then takes up aspects of memory especially related to these cases. He shows that various aspects of memory have different degrees of ego autonomy. Autobiographical memory has very low autonomy, and can be altered by conflicts, especially when the need for a past becomes pressing, as in adolescence.

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Article Citation

Witt, J.P. (1960). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. IV, 1956. Psychoanal. Q., 29:137-138

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