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(1954). Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry. LXIX, 1953: Aggression, Guilt and Cataplexy. Max Levin. Pp. 224-235.. Psychoanal Q., 23:308-309.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry. LXIX, 1953: Aggression, Guilt and Cataplexy. Max Levin. Pp. 224-235.

(1954). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 23:308-309

Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry. LXIX, 1953: Aggression, Guilt and Cataplexy. Max Levin. Pp. 224-235.

Levin studies the symptom of cataplexy particularly in its psychosomatic aspects. He relates both narcolepsy and cataplexy to conditioned inhibition, the former being a more widespread involvement of cortical inhibition and the latter a more localized inhibition involving only the motor cortex. He develops the thesis, which he supports by clinical examples, that the symptom of cataplexy results when an aggressive impulse is being suppressed. The hostile impulse, whether conscious or unconscious, when associated with guilt or shame or fear

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causes an inhibition of the motor cortex, and this inhibition may then produce the paralysis of cataplexy. Numerous examples are adduced to demonstrate this. In some the cataplexy followed direct, overt hostile acts; others occurred in hunting, fishing, boxing, and other sports. When cataplexy accompanies laughter, it is usually due to accompanying unconscious hostility. When aggression is justified and therefore not provocative of guilt, cataplexy is not likely to occur.

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(1954). Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry. LXIX, 1953. Psychoanal. Q., 23:308-309

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