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Dunn, J. (1997). The Dutch Annual of Psychoanalysis. II, 1995-1996. Going into Permanent Hiding as a Way of Postponing Mourning. Louis M. Tas. Pp. 118-125.. Psychoanal Q., 66:366.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Dutch Annual of Psychoanalysis. II, 1995-1996. Going into Permanent Hiding as a Way of Postponing Mourning. Louis M. Tas. Pp. 118-125.

(1997). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 66:366

The Dutch Annual of Psychoanalysis. II, 1995-1996. Going into Permanent Hiding as a Way of Postponing Mourning. Louis M. Tas. Pp. 118-125.

Jonathan Dunn

Some Holocaust survivors continued to stay in hiding after the War; in so doing, they froze their sense of time, denied their guilt and grief, and never fully mourned their losses. Avoidance of commitment and inability to take life seriously, believing that their hiding was just a game, and extreme secretiveness about their war experience are all signs of blocked mourning; others are extreme passivity from “learned helplessness,” denial of any need for sympathy, projection of guilt, and masochism. The negative effects of such denial on the survivor's children and loved ones are detailed. Active fantasies about the dead person can be employed to either deny his/her absence or to acknowledge it, and conscious assertions that the deceased is gone may mask underlying disbelief. A case vignette of agoraphobia related to repressed fantasies underlying a truncated mourning process is presented.

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Dunn, J. (1997). The Dutch Annual of Psychoanalysis. II, 1995-1996.. Psychoanal. Q., 66:366

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