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Davis, C.L. (1987). What Do you Get when you Cross a Dandelion with a Rose: By Vamik D. Volkan. New York and London: Jason Aronson, Inc. 1984. Pp. 281.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 68:310-311.

(1987). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 68:310-311

What Do you Get when you Cross a Dandelion with a Rose: By Vamik D. Volkan. New York and London: Jason Aronson, Inc. 1984. Pp. 281.

Review by:
Carl L. Davis

Dr Volkan has provided us with a detailed account of the four-year analysis of one patient, a physician he calls Dr Chris Albert. The intriguing title refers to a fantasy exposed in the analysis: that his adoptive mother came from humble parents (dandelions) and its counterpart, that she came from noble parents (roses). The gradual unfolding of the analysis reveals the analysand's answer to the question as he resolves his need to split his objects into the good, idealized roses and the depreciated dandelions.

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