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James, M. (1979). The Non-Symbolic Nature of Psychosomatic Disorder: A Test Case of Both Klein and Classical Theory. Int. R. Psycho-Anal., 6:413-422.

(1979). International Review of Psycho-Analysis, 6:413-422

The Non-Symbolic Nature of Psychosomatic Disorder: A Test Case of Both Klein and Classical Theory

Martin James

SUMMARY

Following Glover's pronouncement that the psychosomatic is not of itself symbolic, the opportunity arises to test both Klein and Classical thought. Borderline, psychotic and narcissistic disorders regularly show psychosomatic concomitants and it is suggested that new insights of Kohut and Klein fill a gap in classical technique for which the theoretical base in each case is provided by Winnicott and his co-workers in the British Society.

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