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Sampson, H. (1990). How the Patient's Sense of Danger and Safety Influence the Analytic Process. Psychoanal. Psychol., 7(1):115-124.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 7(1):115-124

How the Patient's Sense of Danger and Safety Influence the Analytic Process

Harold Sampson, Ph.D.

Weiss (this issue) has proposed that a person may exercise unconscious control over repressions on the basis of unconscious appraisals of danger and safety. This hypothesis derives from Freud's (1926) theory in which a person institutes repression because of an anticipation that certain inner feelings or intentions would bring about a danger situation. The person's anticipation of danger (based on a pathogenic belief) evokes anxiety and leads to defense. The person maintains repressions and symptoms in obedience to such beliefs and the dangers they foretell.

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