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Meltzer, D. (1992). Chapter Fourteen: The Claustrum and Adolescence. Adolescence: Talks and Papers by Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris, 199-203.

Meltzer, D. (1992). Chapter Fourteen: The Claustrum and Adolescence. Adolescence: Talks and Papers by Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris , 199-203

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Donald Meltzer

Undoubtedly the tendencies, through masturbatory processes, to enter into intrusive identification with internal objects, have their origin in the earliest weeks and months of post-natal life. That they have a connection, a reference to memories of life in the womb can be assumed, but the great difference has been traced. It has also been suggested that states of mind influenced by intrusive identification may be very different from those related to a split-off part of the self which has not been born, left behind, a victim of premature splitting processes, like the little crippled boy who was left behind when the Pied Piper led all the children into the mountain:

Did I say, all? No, one was lame,

And could not dance the whole of the way;

And in after years, if you would blame

His sadness, he was used to say,

“It's dull in our town since my playmates left!”

I can't forget that I'm bereft

Of all the pleasant sights they see,


1 Published in Donald Meltzer, The Claustrum (1992), pp. 143-48.

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