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Biernoff, J. (1960). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XL, 1959: A Differentiating Mechanism of Psychosomatic Disorder. J. O. Wisdom. Pp. 134-146.. Psychoanal Q., 29:277-278.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XL, 1959: A Differentiating Mechanism of Psychosomatic Disorder. J. O. Wisdom. Pp. 134-146.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:277-278

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XL, 1959: A Differentiating Mechanism of Psychosomatic Disorder. J. O. Wisdom. Pp. 134-146.

Joseph Biernoff

Most theories of psychosomatic disease fail to account for the choice of somatic discharge. Wisdom has before proposed that a disorder becomes psychosomatic if the conflict involved is experienced in terms of tactile and kinesthetic sensations, rather than as visual imagery. Disorders such as diabetes are difficult to explain on this basis. In the present paper, Wisdom enlarges his hypothesis to cover those psychosomatic cases that do not show guilt or anxiety. In all psychosomatic cases, there is some unconscious concept of an attack by an internalized

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bad parent. The damage is caused not by the attack but by the body's reaction to it, which is real. Where anxiety and guilt are projected, the attack is experienced as an unjustified assault from without. There is a seeming absence of dependency needs in these patients. They think they have a right to complain and to secure assistance from the transference parent since their illness is due to no fault of their own. By this device the patient keeps his dependency on a maternal object while denying its existence.

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Biernoff, J. (1960). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XL, 1959. Psychoanal. Q., 29:277-278

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