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Birger, D.S. (1983). The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, VIII. 1979: Pre-oedipal Dynamics in a Case of Eskimo Arctic Hysteria. Edward F. Foulks; Daniel M. A. Freeman; Patricia A. Freeman. Pp. 41-69.. Psychoanal Q., 52:315-316.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, VIII. 1979: Pre-oedipal Dynamics in a Case of Eskimo Arctic Hysteria. Edward F. Foulks; Daniel M. A. Freeman; Patricia A. Freeman. Pp. 41-69.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:315-316

The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, VIII. 1979: Pre-oedipal Dynamics in a Case of Eskimo Arctic Hysteria. Edward F. Foulks; Daniel M. A. Freeman; Patricia A. Freeman. Pp. 41-69.

Daniel S. Birger

This paper is part of the authors' efforts to correlate psychopathological phenomena in non-Western societies with phases of separation-individuation as described by Mahler and co-workers. A case study of Eskimo Arctic hysteria, presented against the background of the specific patterns of child-rearing in that culture, seems to offer convincing support for the authors' main thesis. In their view, Arctic hysteria is a regression in the face of separation in individuals who have not yet achieved libidinal object constancy. The Eskimo mythology is an illuminating repository of symbolized perceptions of personality development

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and major dynamic conflicts governing it. The authors use several myths to bolster their central thesis.

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Article Citation

Birger, D.S. (1983). The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, VIII. 1979. Psychoanal. Q., 52:315-316

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