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Freud, A. (1971). The Infantile Neurosis—Genetic and Dynamic Considerations. Psychoanal. St. Child, 26:79-90.

(1971). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 26:79-90

The Infantile Neurosis—Genetic and Dynamic Considerations

Anna Freud

I WELCOME MY PARTICIPATION IN THIS SYMPOSIUM AND EXPECTED that it would be a straightforward task to compare the analysts' present ideas about the infantile neurosis with those which were formulated half a century ago.

Nevertheless, when I began to approach the subject more closely, I began to be doubtful about its legitimacy and appropriateness. I felt that I was setting out to compare two sets of propositions which had arisen on different grounds, fitted into different


Contribution to a weekend conference of English-speaking members of European Societies, organized by the British Psycho-Analytical Society and held on October 3 and 4, 1970, in London. The theme of the conference was "Changing Concepts of Infantile Neuroses and Their Effect on Theory and Technique." This paper was published in Problems of Psychoanalytic Training, Diagnosis, and Technique of Therapy [The Writings of Anna Freud, Volume VII]. New York: International Universities Press, 1971, pp. 189-203.

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