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Proner, B.D. (2017). The Latency Complex: The Dead Hand of Anti-Development. J. Anal. Psychol., 62(4):567-584.

(2017). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 62(4):567-584

The Latency Complex: The Dead Hand of Anti-Development

Barry D. Proner, M.D.

It is common knowledge that the same phenomena can be viewed in a variety of ways. This paper considers the implications of a constellation observed in some adult patients who have increasingly reminded the author of some of the children of latency age with whom he has also worked. In the literature these patients may also have been thought about in terms of ‘defences of the self’ (Fordham), patients who are ‘difficult to reach’ (Joseph), ‘psychic retreats’ (Steiner), and those who make ‘attacks on linking’ (Bion). They may equally be considered in terms of schizoid, narcissistic or borderline personalities, or as showing features on the autistic spectrum, such as mindlessness and extreme obsessionality.

Writers such as Helene Deutsch with her concept of an ‘as-if personality’, Winnicott with his ‘false self’, and Rosenfeld, discussing the split-off parts of the personality in narcissistic patients, have also offered much to think about in their consideration of some of these phenomena. This paper proposes yet another vertex - the author's own imaginative conjecture - that is by no means mutually exclusive of any of these others.

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