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Wilson, E., Jr. (1985). Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLV. 1981: Body Images in the Course of an Analysis. Bertrand Cramer. Pp. 345-347.. Psychoanal Q., 54:678.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLV. 1981: Body Images in the Course of an Analysis. Bertrand Cramer. Pp. 345-347.

(1985). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 54:678

Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLV. 1981: Body Images in the Course of an Analysis. Bertrand Cramer. Pp. 345-347.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

Cramer discusses the long analysis of a young woman, in which body image played an important role. He traces her fantasies and images through the analysis, from the monolithic, impenetrable body-phallus motif, which occurred early on, to the fear of dismemberment as she began to enter the depressive position and to recognize transference feelings. The body was seen at times as fragile, as threatened with being emptied of all its contents, as melting. Another theme was the protective body wall as being all there was to the patient. Gradually, she developed a sense of self within the walls, a belief that she was more than just a partition. The theme of "internal music" appeared, along with a discovery and acceptance of her body and her sexuality, as she reintegrated her entire body. Other themes, for example pregnancy and the body within the protective body, were explored during the analysis.

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Wilson, E., Jr. (1985). Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLV. 1981. Psychoanal. Q., 54:678

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