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Potik, D. (2010). Possessive Objects and Paralyzing Moods. Psychoanal Q., 79(3):687-715.

(2010). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 79(3):687-715

Possessive Objects and Paralyzing Moods

David Potik

This article focuses on unique being states of mental and physical paralysis among schizophrenic patients. These paralyzing moods derive from continuous extractive introjections, in which anything alive in the patient is sucked out, as it were, by an internalized possessive object. Continuous extractive introjections early in life constitute attacks on authentic expression of the child's subjectivity, and prevent the development of his idiom and the unthought known. A clinical vignette is presented to illustrate certain movements both in a progressive direction (i.e., in psychoanalytic treatment) and in a retrogressive direction (in the formation of the original psychotic pathology).

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