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Wangh, M. (1962). The "Evocation of a Proxy"—A Psychological Maneuver, its Use as a Defense, its Purposes and Genesis. Psychoanal. St. Child, 17:451-469.
    

(1962). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 17:451-469

The "Evocation of a Proxy"—A Psychological Maneuver, its Use as a Defense, its Purposes and Genesis

Martin Wangh, M.D.

SUMMARY

The "evocation of a proxy" is a defense which is, as other defenses, promoted by anxiety. In the face of regression, it serves to reinforce ego control, to maintain reality testing, to ward off the threatened loss of an essential narcissistically cathected, external object relationship, and to retain a measure of internal object constancy by temporarily resorting to partial fusion with a new object.

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