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Feigenbaum, D. Jelliffe, S.E. (1930). Eleventh International Psycho-Analytical Congress, Oxford, July 27-31, 1929. Psychoanal. Rev., 17(4):474-494.

(1930). Psychoanalytic Review, 17(4):474-494

Society Proceedings

Eleventh International Psycho-Analytical Congress, Oxford, July 27-31, 1929

D. Feigenbaum, M.D. and S. E. Jelliffe, M.D.

The Congress was opened by a reception given by the British Psycho-Analytical Society in the Hall of Queens College, Friday evening, July 26, 1929. There was a large and representative gathering of members from widely distributed geographical areas.

The first scientific session was held Saturday morning. The morning program included papers by Paul Schilder of Vienna, Edward Glover of London, H. Nunberg of Vienna, A. R. Allendy of Paris, Ernest Jones of London, and Ludwig Jekels of Vienna.

DR. PAUL SCHILDER was to have read the first paper but was prevented from coming to the Congress. His abstract, prepared in advance, on the title Ground Plan of the Mind, is as follows:

(1) In the structure of the mind we can distinguish various strata according to their distance from the core of the personality. Perception is distant from the Ego, next comes a stratum in which perception is elaborated into higher sensory groupings and thought-structures, while in the central stratum the personal affective processes take place. (2) In aphasic and agnostic disturbance there is injury of the peripheral stratum of the Ego; in the processes of amentia and dementia, the injury is to the middle stratum; and in the neuroses and schizophrenia to the central stratum. (3) The material in the peripheral strata is derived from everyday life and does not bear the stamp of the personality. The material in the central stratum is individually formed. The peripheral and middle strata correspond to the “Ego,” and the central stratum to the “Id.” (4) The peripheral and middle strata are injured in the graver organic morbid processes. (5) Where there is disturbance the primary process—the mode of operation of the system Ucs—manifests itself in each stratum, but the material affected varies. (6) Lesions of any of the strata blur the demarcation line between certain parts of the outside world and of the subject. (7) The idea of regression applies fully to the central stratum only, but in lesions of the middle strata also primitive material makes its appearance, which at the same time belongs rather to the central stratum of the Ego. Side by side with regression in each stratum dissociations are of importance. (8) We may conjecture that the strata now peripheral to the Ego are a deposit of earlier central experiences.

GLOVER, EDWARD (London). Grades of Ego-Differentiation.


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