Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To search for text within the article you are viewing…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can use the search tool of your web browser to perform an additional search within the current article (the one you are viewing). Simply press Ctrl + F on a Windows computer, or Command + F if you are using an Apple computer.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

(1950). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XIII, 1949: A Note on Nyctophobia and Peripheral Vision. George Devereux. Pp. 83–93.. Psychoanal Q., 19:135-136.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XIII, 1949: A Note on Nyctophobia and Peripheral Vision. George Devereux. Pp. 83–93.

(1950). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 19:135-136

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XIII, 1949: A Note on Nyctophobia and Peripheral Vision. George Devereux. Pp. 83–93.

This paper examines the neuroanatomical and neurophysiological basis of the frequent fear of darkness. Man is primarily a diurnal animal and his night vision is distinctly inadequate while the mode of life of today calls for a great amount of nocturnal activity. Vision is one of the most accurate of our senses and one of the most heavily taxed in our attempts to orient ourselves within the real world. The suppression of vision promotes both sleep and regression. Night vision is primarily peripheral vision which helps confuse perceptions and fantasies in the dark.

- 135 -

Neurotic fear of the dark is based primarily on psychological experiences, yet the peculiar nature of man's night vision provides a suitable neurophysiological foundation for the growth of neurotic fears. The remainder of the paper is devoted to some of the typical and specific unconscious factors in nyctophobia.

- 136 -

Article Citation

(1950). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. XIII, 1949. Psychoanal. Q., 19:135-136

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.