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Löfgren, L.B. (1968). Castration Anxiety and the Body Ego. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 49:408-410.

(1968). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 49:408-410

Castration Anxiety and the Body Ego

L. Börje Löfgren


Clinical experience gained through psychoanalysis indicates that the autonomous motility of the penis is in itself anxiety provoking. Considerations of the phantoms of amputees, the rarity of a phantom penis, the penis's peculiar sensibility to touch, and its pubertal changes support the conclusion that one root of castration anxiety is that the penis never becomes a securely anchored part of the body ego (or ego body).

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