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(1977). Meetings of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. Psychoanal Q., 46:554-555.

(1977). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 46:554-555

Meetings of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York

March 5, 1976. PANEL DISCUSSION: ADOLESCENCE AS SEEN IN ADULT ANALYSIS. Jules Glenn, M.D., Chairman; Eugene H. Kaplan. M.D.; Joseph Mayer, M.D.; Maurice R. Friend, M.D.

This Panel Discussion centered around a number of questions that were to be examined in connection with two case reports and the general clinical experience of the discussants. Dr. Jules Glenn, citing Anna Freud's observation that the full intensity of the adolescent experience often fails to appear in the course of adult analyses, wondered whether this impression was widely shared. He asked whether a successful or optimal analytic result could be achieved without the vivid actuality of adolescence being reconstructed or remembered and its place in development fully understood. He also asked about the technical approaches needed to adequately exploit the therapeutic potential of working through derivatives of adolescent experiences.

Dr. Joseph Mayer described the case of a twenty-six-year-old male who remembered and re-experienced in the analysis his experience at age fifteen of a year of loneliness, depression, feelings of alienation and worthlessness, and marked hostility toward his father. This was followed by a period of homosexual activity with an admired prep school roommate, involving mutual masturbation and anal intercourse. The transference afforded opportunities for the tracing out of wishes for passive gratification and contact with a powerful man, including the wish for anal penetration and rage at the frustration of this wish.

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