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Gordon, K.H., Jr. (1960). Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association. V, 1957: Acting In: A Contribution to the Meaning of Some Postural Attitudes Observed During Analysis. Meyer A. Zeligs. Pp. 685-706.. Psychoanal Q., 29:289.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association. V, 1957: Acting In: A Contribution to the Meaning of Some Postural Attitudes Observed During Analysis. Meyer A. Zeligs. Pp. 685-706.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:289

Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association. V, 1957: Acting In: A Contribution to the Meaning of Some Postural Attitudes Observed During Analysis. Meyer A. Zeligs. Pp. 685-706.

Kenneth H. Gordon, Jr.

'Acting in' describes certain 'hidden transactions' going on within the analytic situation through the use of nonverbal, nonmobile, inhibitory, and tonic aspects of muscular function. Previous literature is reviewed, including Mittelmann's studies on motility and Felix Deutsch's fundamental contributions to analytic posturology. Postural attitudes often represent a compromise between conflicts which protect the ego from illicit unconscious impulses. A detailed case presentation illuminates a 'piece of postural behavior' which demonstrates the interrelationship between postural attitudes, unconscious tendencies, and selective amnesia. In this case, the patient's silent rigidity was a masturbatory equivalent. Only after it was interpreted and worked through did her troublesome amnesia begin to lift. Following this the patient's overt behavior shifted from an obsessional pattern to a clearly hysterical one. The author describes how the patient utilized a preoedipal tendency to express her Oedipal conflicts. After the analysis of the postural defenses and the amnesia, she developed fugues, globus, and hysterical pain which were subsequently analyzed in a classical manner. 'Acting in' is considered a middle phase between acting out without verbalization and verbalizing with remembering.

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Gordon, K.H., Jr. (1960). Journal of American Psychoanalytic Association. V, 1957. Psychoanal. Q., 29:289

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