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Kennedy, H. Yorke, C. (1982). Steps from Outer to Inner Conflict Viewed as Superego Precursors. Psychoanal. St. Child, 37:221-228.

(1982). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 37:221-228

Problems of the Superego

Steps from Outer to Inner Conflict Viewed as Superego Precursors

Hansi Kennedy and Clifford Yorke

THE EXISTENCE OF A VAST LITERATURE ON THE SUPEREGO bears witness to the many difficulties encountered by those who attempt to conceptualize its formation and its functioning. Our paper, however, is simply an attempt to clarify, within the framework of existing knowledge, the principal steps in the progression from outer to inner conflict, insofar as these can be viewed as superego precursors. We try to do this, wherever possible, in the light of inferences drawn from child observation and clinical practice.

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