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Brenner, C. (1979). Depressive Affect, Anxiety, and Psychic Conflict in the Phallic-Oedipal Phase. Psychoanal Q., 48:177-197.

(1979). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 48:177-197

Depressive Affect, Anxiety, and Psychic Conflict in the Phallic-Oedipal Phase

Charles Brenner, M.D.


The author's recent contributions to affect theory and its relation to psychic conflict are applied to the understanding of the nature, genesis, and consequences of psychic conflict in the phallic-oedipal phase. These contributions lead to a better understanding of 1) the importance of depressive affect in phallic-oedipal conflicts, 2) similarities and differences between such conflicts in boys and girls, 3) depression as a symptom in adult life, and 4) some aspects of narcissism.

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