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Coltrera, J.T. (1960). Meeting of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. Psychoanal Q., 29:455-456.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:455-456

Meeting of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York

Joseph T. Coltrera

DISCUSSION: Dr. Mark Kanzer pointed out that an equation of body parts with each other facilitated a genital displacement in these cases and what was seen was a manifestation of castration anxiety. He cautioned that an overemphasis of the preoedipal material should not be at the expense of delineating the Oedipal features. He felt that it was not the breast that was repressed but the phallus. Dr. Kanzer noted that the repression of the phallus is similar to that seen in cases of fetishism. Dr. William Niederland agreed with Dr. Almansi's finding and contributed a similar case of his own. He suggested, however, that it was more a case of a face-breast fusion than equation. He also contributed further corroborative material from archeology and literature. Dr. Gustav Bychowski noted that in early schizophrenia he has observed a face drawn into the torso. Such disparate condensations are suggestive of a thought disorder and based on an early fusion of two percepts. Dr. Warner Muensterberger noted a similarity between the case material and Australian cave drawings in which the female figures represent a phallus and in which the eyes are painted in but the mouth is missing.

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