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(1973). Erratum. Psychoanal Q., 42:324.

(1973). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 42:324


In a paper by Owen Renik, Cognitive Ego Function in the Phobic Symptom, This QUARTERLY, XLI, October 1972, page 549, footnote 7, there is a misleading use of quotation marks with regard to an article by Charles A. Sarnoff, Symbols and Symptoms, This QUARTERLY, XXXIX, October 1970, pp. 550-562.

Dr. Sarnoff has written us: 'Dr. Renik's reference to the interchangeable use of the terms "symbolism" and "abstract thinking" are unfounded since the term "abstract thinking" does not appear in my article. … "Confusion" is attributed to this alleged use, and then blamed for my "misappreciation of the part played by abstract thinking in the phobic symptom". I personally can conceive of no logical circumstance in which the terms "symbolism" and "abstract thinking" could be used interchangeably [and] nowhere in my paper, Symbols and Symptoms, does the … term "abstract thinking" appear.'

Dr. Renik has informed us that he used quotation marks to identify 'symbolism' and 'abstract thinking' as terms, and did not intend to indicate a direct quotation of these terms from Dr. Sarnoff's paper.

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