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Reiner, A. (2004). Psychic phenomena and early emotional states. J. Anal. Psychol., 49(3):313-336.

(2004). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 49(3):313-336

Psychic phenomena and early emotional states

Annie Reiner, LCSW

This paper examines the relationship between severe early trauma and the development of psychic intuition. A case presentation with extensive dream work helps to illustrate this connection by exploring the psychological meaning of one patient's acute receptivity to unconscious communications. The paper includes a historical overview of Freud's attitudes toward occultism, as distinct from later psychoanalytic views, including those of Wilfred Bion. Many of Bion's views have more in common with Jung's perspective than with Freud's, with particular reference made to spiritual and religious differences. Bion clearly states that Freud and psychoanalysts have focused on phenomena, not on noumena, which Bion considers to be the essence of the psychoanalytic point of view.

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