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Feldman, S.S. (1954). Motives of 'Minor Offense' in Two Dreams. Psychoanal Q., 23:240-242.

(1954). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 23:240-242

Motives of 'Minor Offense' in Two Dreams

S. S. Feldman, M.D.


The dreams of two adult male patients contained the expression, 'minor offense'. 1. The offense was 'minor' to the child, but to his parents it was a major offense. 2. The offense took place when the dreamer was a minor. 3. The phrase refers to sexual relations with minors. 4. The 'minor' is a disguise for the mother. 5. The offense was felt in childhood to be a major one, but there was a wish to minimize the offense and deny the guilt.

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