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Parkin, A. (1982). Archaic Introjects and the Cosmology of H. G. Wells. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 30:487-508.

(1982). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 30:487-508

Archaic Introjects and the Cosmology of H. G. Wells

Alan Parkin, M.D.


The roles of the archaic loving and hating introjects are traced in the early scientific romances and the life work of H. G. Wells.

The preambivalent polarization of the early loving introjects of an archaic ego ideal (giving rise to utopian fantasies and, later, to promulgations of a new world state) and the early hostile introjects of an archaic superego (giving rise to fears of death and, later, to fears of cosmic dissolution) is represented in eschatological preoccupations with death, the Last Judgment, heaven and hell. These religious preoccupations are derivatives of wishes for maternal union and bliss on the one hand, and of castration anxiety and fears of personal annihilation on the other.

Further transformations of the archaic introjects are traced through an identification with the role of redeemer, and later, through his scientific studies, to an espousal of T. H. Huxley's teachings of organic evolution and to the development of cosmological themes in his work.

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