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Slap, J.W. (1966). American Imago. XXII, 1965: The Antigone Principle. Benjamin B. Wolman. Pp. 186-201.. Psychoanal Q., 35:474.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Imago. XXII, 1965: The Antigone Principle. Benjamin B. Wolman. Pp. 186-201.

(1966). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 35:474

American Imago. XXII, 1965: The Antigone Principle. Benjamin B. Wolman. Pp. 186-201.

Joseph William Slap

The author distinguishes three libidinal attitudes one person may have toward another: instrumentalism, mutualism, and vectorialism. In the first, the individual is exclusively self-seeking; in the second, he maintains a mutual give-and-take relationship; and in the third, he gives without expecting return. Heroism and self-sacrifice are examined in the framework of this classification and are found to be characteristics of noble, normal individuals. They are not to be confused with masochistic and self-destructive tendencies. The article suffers from a lack of clinical material and the numerous cursory references to the deeds of mythological and historical personages do not compensate for it.

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Slap, J.W. (1966). American Imago. XXII, 1965. Psychoanal. Q., 35:474

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