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Feiner, A.H. (1975). IV the Dilemma of Integrity. Contemp. Psychoanal., 11:500-509.

(1975). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 11:500-509

IV the Dilemma of Integrity

Arthur H. Feiner, Ph.D.

… stateless the man who dares to dwell with dishonor …
(Sophocles, Antigone)

Leduc: … even you cannot really put yourself in my place. … And that is why your thoughts of suicide do not move me. It's not your guilt I want, it's your responsibility—that might have helped.
(Arthur Miller, Incident at Vichy)

THE STRUGGLE BETWEEN THE LAW OF INDIVIDUAL conscience and the central power of the state is an ancient one. It surely is easier to live within one's own society, if one believes what the society says it believes. Not only are careers and sometimes lives at stake, but in the midst of terror, as Dunham (1964) puts it: "The effort of some men to assert what really is the case collides with the effort of administrators to maintain unity.

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