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Glenn, J. (1993). Developmental Transformantions: The Isakower Phenomenon as an Example. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 41:1113-1134.

(1993). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 41:1113-1134

Developmental Transformantions: The Isakower Phenomenon as an Example

Jules Glenn, M.D.


A review of the literature, and clinical analytic material suggest that the Isakower phenomenon and its variants consist of representations or sense memory traces of the orginal infantile feeding experiences integrated with later representations of experiences during the anal and oedipal stages, latency, and even later. With progressive development, memories of earlier experiences are transformed with regard to function, form, content, and meaning.

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