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(1986). Meeting of the New York Psychoanalytic Society. Psychoanal Q., 55:558-559.

(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:558-559

Meeting of the New York Psychoanalytic Society

November 13, 1984. DISTURBANCES IN EVOCATIVE MEMORY. Peter B. Neubauer, M.D.

Dr. Neubauer based his presentation on three clinical vignettes of adult patients. Each manifested, from early life, difficulty with visual evocative memory of the primary objects, and in two cases, also of their own children and friends. One patient also showed occasional problems with recognition memory. The analysis of all three was characterized by intense transference attachment, but none could visually evoke the analyst's image. The patients had not referred to this difficulty spontaneously, but were quite eager to describe it when they were specifically asked about it. All used other sensory modalities in order to evoke object representation. Dr. Neubauer presented a summary formulation about this disability, to be tested by further clinical case studies.

1) The difficulty in, or absence of, an evocative memory seems to occur in a variety of diverse clinical conditions. 2) It is not easy to determine the cause of this difficulty. Is the absence of an evocative memory primary, so that it then determines the absence of appropriate identification, the achievement of individuation and separateness, and the evolvement of the beginning of object constancy, or is it already

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