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Bing, J.F. (1981). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VI, 1978: On Siblings, Childhood Sibling Loss, and Creativity. George H. Pollock. Pp. 443-481.. Psychoanal Q., 50:455-456.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VI, 1978: On Siblings, Childhood Sibling Loss, and Creativity. George H. Pollock. Pp. 443-481.

(1981). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 50:455-456

The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VI, 1978: On Siblings, Childhood Sibling Loss, and Creativity. George H. Pollock. Pp. 443-481.

James F. Bing

Pollock presents further data on the relationship between creativity and mourning and on creativity in the mourning process itself from examples of such well-known figures as Thomas de Quincy and Käthe Kollwitz, as well as

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from clinical experience with analytic patients and from observations of chimpanzees. The emphasis in this paper is not only on sibling loss, but also on the complexity of the sibling relationship itself, which the author feels has been neglected. He maintains that multiple factors determine the effects generated by the death of a sibling and that no generalizations can be assumed, except for the importance of the difference between external and internal influences. The author calls this an "'unfinished essay' that ends without clear-cut conclusions…" We can look forward to further data from which the author will be able to expand his thesis.

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Article Citation

Bing, J.F. (1981). The Annual of Psychoanalysis. VI, 1978. Psychoanal. Q., 50:455-456

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