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Eisnitz, A.J. (1980). The Organization of the Self-Representation and its Influence on Pathology. Psychoanal Q., 49:361-392.

(1980). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 49:361-392

The Organization of the Self-Representation and its Influence on Pathology

Alan J. Eisnitz, M.D.


Units within the self-representation provide the quality for ego activity. The ego selects and cathects the appropriate unit of the self-representation. Oedipal identifications internalize the ego capacity to maintain the self-representation and its stability. Conflict can promote instability within the self-representation requiring special defenses to deal with the narcissistic stress. Such narcissistic conflict can arise at all levels of maturity.

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