Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To share an article on social media…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

If you find an article or content on PEP-Web interesting, you can share it with others using the Social Media Button at the bottom of every page.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Silberer, H. (1925). A Pregnancy Phantasy in a Man. Psychoanal. Rev., 12(4):377-396.

(1925). Psychoanalytic Review, 12(4):377-396

A Pregnancy Phantasy in a Man

Herbert Silberer

Translated from the German by Clara Willard

In women the phantasy of pregnancy is not rare, as we well know, and in neurotic women the somatic symptoms connected with this phantasy may deceive the most careful observers. In men, on the contrary, the phantasy may be regarded as a rare occurrence; and especially so is that form in which the process is not limited to a mere play of fancy, but is accompanied with the somatic symptoms belonging to the picture of pregnancy. I would like to describe a case of this sort, which I encountered in my practice—a case in which, through conversion hysteria, a remarkable complex of physiological phenomena was produced, while the phantasy belonging to them was not at first present consciously to the patient and was only later brought to light by psychoanalysis. The case was throughout treated by psychoanalysis, being finally cured thereby. For the sake of clearness it is necessary to sketch here the main features of the case and it will then become apparent why, at a certain stage, the phantasy of pregnancy made its appearance and what was its significance to the patient.


[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.