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Edgar, J.R. (1992). Psychoanalytic Inquiry. IX, 1989: Discussion: The Classical Position. Jacob A. Arlow. Pp. 517-527.. Psychoanal Q., 61:508.

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Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychoanalytic Inquiry. IX, 1989: Discussion: The Classical Position. Jacob A. Arlow. Pp. 517-527.

(1992). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 61:508

Psychoanalytic Inquiry. IX, 1989: Discussion: The Classical Position. Jacob A. Arlow. Pp. 517-527.

James R. Edgar

Arlow states his misgivings about having been labeled the "classical" discussant because of the lack of consensus in defining this term, and because of his own criticism of many early ideas. Using structural theory and ideas about intrapsychic conflict to organize the material, he feels the patient's central conflict is murderous rage stimulated by a chaotic, abusive childhood and her guilt about the rage. She has attempted to "solve" this conflict by identifying with the aggressor, turning aggression against the self, and engaging in criminality out of a sense of guilt. Arlow then shows how the issue of rage and guilt is worked with during the hospitalization, providing her the structure she so desperately needs to allow a more functional "resolution."


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Edgar, J.R. (1992). Psychoanalytic Inquiry. IX, 1989. Psychoanal. Q., 61:508

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