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Garma, A. (1949). The Origin of Clothes. Psychoanal Q., 18:173-190.

(1949). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 18:173-190

The Origin of Clothes

Angel Garma, M.D.

SUMMARY

The analysis of dreams of pregnancy and parturition discloses the frequent presence of garments as symbolically representing the foetal membranes. From this, and other data, the conclusion is drawn that clothing is unconsciously perceived as a substitute for the foetal membranes, but, above all, as maternal protection. In the course of their evolution, clothes have acquired other meanings according to the development of the libido, and social and individual circumstances.

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