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Harris, M. (1976). Chapter Seven: Infantile Elements and Adult Strivings in Adolescent Sexuality. Adolescence: Talks and Papers by Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris, 81-101.

Harris, M. (1976). Chapter Seven: Infantile Elements and Adult Strivings in Adolescent Sexuality. Adolescence: Talks and Papers by Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris , 81-101

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Martha Harris

When I first came to write this paper I soon realized that its focus would have to be a much narrower one than the title allows. I also found that I was returning over and over again to analytic material from a fairly wide range of gifted adolescents who, as the world goes, were more than usually fortunate in their external circumstances: young people who from any external point of view might seem to have everything in their favour but who nevertheless seemed quite unable to enjoy their good fortune.

In all of them there existed a deep sense of unworthiness together with the quite opposite conviction of being special. There was evidence to suggest that they were regarded by one or both of their parents as special, and that they expected this treatment from the rest of the world although when it was forthcoming they could not use it to assuage their discontent.

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