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Silber, A. (1976). The Fear of Looking or Scopophilic-Exhibitionistic Conflicts: By David W. Allen, M. D. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1974. 134 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 45:634-637.

(1976). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 45:634-637

The Fear of Looking or Scopophilic-Exhibitionistic Conflicts: By David W. Allen, M. D. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1974. 134 pp.

Review by:
Austin Silber

The purpose of this modest volume 'is to illustrate the importance of scopophilic-exhibitionistic factors in neuroses, in everyday life, and in the treatment situation. A secondary purpose is to examine some of the implications of the scopophilic-exhibitionistic cathexes for creativity' (p. 1).

Allen's scholarly monograph is divided into six chapters, the titles of which outline the areas that he covers. In Chapter One, entitled The Role of Freud's Scopophilia-Exhibitionism in the Development of Psychoanalysis, 'the historical background of scopophilia and exhibitionism in analysis, including personal experiences and characteristics of Freud that were touchstones in the development of a workable psychoanalytic technique' (p. 5) are detailed by the author. Chapter Two, Facts and Concepts about Scopophilia and Exhibitionism in Psychoanalysis and Related Sciences, presents an interesting and informative review of the relevant analytic literature in relation to these themes. Pertinent findings from other fields, such as ethology and neurophysiology, round out the presentation.

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