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Harrison, I.B. (1966). A Reconsideration of Freud's "A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis" in Relation to Identity Disturbance. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 14:518-527.

(1966). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 14:518-527

A Reconsideration of Freud's "A Disturbance of Memory on the Acropolis" in Relation to Identity Disturbance

Irving B. Harrison, M.D.

SUMMARY

The possible underlying reasons for Freud's momentary disturbance on the Acropolis have been considered here from the point of view of the sources contributing to the constancy of one's sense of identity. A distinction has been made between derealization for defensive purposes and identity disturbance, which is viewed as resulting from psychic conflict. Clinical material was correlated with data offered by Freud in his discussion, and inferences which can be drawn from this.

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