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Roche, R.C. (1992). The Autistic-Contiguous Position. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 73:363-363.

(1992). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 73:363-363

The Autistic-Contiguous Position

R. Cruz Roche

Dear Sir,

I read with great interest the article by Dr T. H. Ogden: 'On the concept of an autisticcontiguous position' (Int. J. Psychoanal., 70: 127–140). His observations, which are of great clinical and theoretical value, hold no surprises for psychoanalysts whose language and culture are Spanish.

As long ago as 1962 in his article 'Modalities of the object relation [Modalidades de la relación objetal]' (Revista de Psicoanálisis, XIX: 1–2), and later in his book Symbiosis and Ambiguity [ Symbiosis y Ambigüedad ] (Buenos Aires: Paidós, 1967), Dr José Bleger of Buenos Aires proposed the concept of a 'glischro-caric position' (sic) as a psychological 'position' prior to the paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions described by M. Klein. The glischro-caric position, in which the characteristic type of anxiety would be confusional, would take as its object what Bleger called an 'ambiguous' or 'agglutinated nucleus' characterized by a lack of independence of the object, and its specific defences would be splitting, immobilization and fragmentation; and all this at a moment in development which is dominated by the most primitive feelings, particularly kinaesthetic sensations. These concepts of José Bleger's are grounded in numerous extended clinical examples.

Nearly 30 years later Dr T. H. Ogden describes, sometimes in very similar terms, concepts which are practically identical. It seems to me right that someone should reassert publicly in the Int.

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