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(1967). Journal of the Hillside Hospital. XII, 1963: Character Neuroses. Therapeutic Problems. Lewis L. Robbins. Pp. 18-29.. Psychoanal Q., 36:135-135.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of the Hillside Hospital. XII, 1963: Character Neuroses. Therapeutic Problems. Lewis L. Robbins. Pp. 18-29.

(1967). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 36:135-135

Journal of the Hillside Hospital. XII, 1963: Character Neuroses. Therapeutic Problems. Lewis L. Robbins. Pp. 18-29.

People with character neuroses, while dissatisfied with themselves, do not experience the anxiety or the incapacities that usually accompany the typical symptom neuroses. Intrapsychic conflicts are handled through more or less ego-syntonic, highly individualistic impulse-defense configurations. Thus, the principal motive forces for analytic work, anxiety, and suffering are absent. The therapeutic process involves the mobilization of old conflicts. The resistances which arise demonstrate the patient's style and manner and are significant subjects for study. The analyst needs to serve as an additional autonomous ego, as well as the object of the patient's drives in the transference. As symptoms develop in the analysis, character resistance may become transformed into intense transference resistance. A cautionary note: since ego defenses are undermined in the course of analysis, a careful assessment of the degree of ego distortion is necessary in order to determine whether the patient can undertake and utilize the analytic process.

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(1967). Journal of the Hillside Hospital. XII, 1963. Psychoanal. Q., 36:135-135

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