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Davison, W.T., Bristol, C., Pray, M. (1986). Turning Aggression on the Self: A Study of Psychoanalytic Process. Psychoanal Q., 55:273-295.

(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:273-295

Turning Aggression on the Self: A Study of Psychoanalytic Process

Walter T. Davison, M.D., Curtis Bristol, M.D. and Monroe Pray, M.D.


The concept of turning aggression on the self is studied, and some clinical vignettes are presented which demonstrate the use of this concept as a guide to the formation of an "ideal" for one kind of analytic intervention with one kind of analytic surface. Pertinent literature is reviewed, and assumptions implicit to the analyst's activity are discussed. This endeavor is viewed in the larger context of attempts to arrive at a clearer understanding of the psychoanalytic process.

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