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Lehrman, S.R. (1967). Psychopathology in Mixed Marriages. Psychoanal Q., 36:67-82.

(1967). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 36:67-82

Psychopathology in Mixed Marriages

Samuel R. Lehrman, M.D.


Nine case histories illustrate that the psychopathological factors which have been found to overdetermine mixed marriages are: 1, unresolved Oedipus complex and incest-taboo problems (exaggerated phobia of incest); 2, debasement in the sphere of love (special types of choice of object made by men, misalliance, 'family romance' in reverse); 3, hostility as a result of disappointment of unconscious incestuous love impulses, often accompanied by masochism; 4, exaggerated narcissism, including the phallic significance of the marriage bond; 5, exhibitionism;

6, the conviction that one is an exception; 7, counterphobic and fetishistic attitudes and choices which defend against castration anxiety.

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