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Abrams, S. (1977). The Genetic Point of View: Antecedents and Transformations. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 25:417-425.

(1977). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 25:417-425

The Genetic Point of View: Antecedents and Transformations

Samuel Abrams, M.D.


It seems educationally advantageous to focus renewed attention on the different sets of propositions encompassed within the genetic point of view. Those assumptions fall into

two major classes: antecedents and transformations. Custom and usefulness seems to have brought these two together in the present classification of metapsychology. This re-emphasis of the differences between them appears warranted to further assert their distinctions and enhance the applicability of both.

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