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Broden, A.R. Myers, W.A. (1981). Hypochondriacal Symptoms as Derivatives of Unconscious Fantasies of Being Beaten or Tortured. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 29:535-557.

(1981). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 29:535-557

Hypochondriacal Symptoms as Derivatives of Unconscious Fantasies of Being Beaten or Tortured

Alexander R. Broden, M.D. and Wayne A. Myers, M.D.

SUMMARY

Clinical material is presented from two patients where hypochondriacal symptoms were seen to be derivatives of unconscious fantasies of being beaten or tortured. The shift along the masochistic axis from these underlying fantasies to the conscious hypochondracal symptoms is seen as subserving the important

defensive purpose of reducing the patients' perception of their conscious guilt feelings.

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