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Bell, A.I. (1968). Additional Aspects of Passivity and Feminine Identification in the Male. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 49:640-647.

(1968). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 49:640-647

Additional Aspects of Passivity and Feminine Identification in the Male

Anita I. Bell


One would have expected Mike to bring a great deal of material about his penis in view of the fact that his illness had focused so much attention on it for the better part of his life, i.e. from 10 months to the present. Yet, as we can see by the sessions, until he was able to work out his preoccupation with the uncontrollable retractions of his testes, he brought very little phallic material. His attempts to overcome the passivity imposed on him by the uncontrollable retractions were played out by attempting to actively master the ball in a symbolic way at first; later they were directly verbalized. Throughout the treatment, whenever he felt threatened or anxious he communicated the information that his testes were jumping out of control.

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