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Gilkey, R. (1986). Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. XII, 1984.: The Obsessive's Myth of Control. Allan Mallinger. Pp. 147-165.. Psychoanal Q., 55:549-550.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. XII, 1984.: The Obsessive's Myth of Control. Allan Mallinger. Pp. 147-165.

(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:549-550

Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. XII, 1984.: The Obsessive's Myth of Control. Allan Mallinger. Pp. 147-165.

Roderick Gilkey

For the obsessive personality, the need for control is not only a defense against anxiety, it is also a building block of identity and a central force of self-esteem. The obsessional need for control includes (1) control of one's own affects and impulses; (2) control of others' opinions, attitudes, and actions: and (3) control of external events and circumstances. The latter reflects an underlying sense of omnipotence and grandiosity. In an effort to preserve such an omnipotent stance, obsessionals

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attempt to gain "retroactive control" in circumstances beyond their control. This is done through a chronic tendency to second-guess and blame themselves, which produces an illusion of control whereby they can focus on what they should have done and will do next time to maintain full control over their lives.

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Article Citation

Gilkey, R. (1986). Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. XII, 1984.. Psychoanal. Q., 55:549-550

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