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(1959). Psychiatric Quarterly. XXXI, 1957: The Neurotic Style. Paul Federn. Pp. 681-689.. Psychoanal Q., 28:117.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychiatric Quarterly. XXXI, 1957: The Neurotic Style. Paul Federn. Pp. 681-689.

(1959). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 28:117

Psychiatric Quarterly. XXXI, 1957: The Neurotic Style. Paul Federn. Pp. 681-689.

In this very interesting article, reproduced from the German by the author's son, Walter Federn, certain neurotic conflicts as expressed in the style of writing are described. The material for the investigation was obtained from the many manuscripts the author had to read in his capacity as editor. Many authors, prone to disturbances of style, defend themselves by adopting a prolix, impersonal manner which serves as a defense against any personal relation with subject matter or public. A number of other disturbances of style are discussed. An invariable feature of these disturbances is their unconscious nature. If one points out these disturbances of style to authors, there is often so exaggerated a negative reaction as to leave little doubt of the conflictual nature of the cause. They finally become willing to discover the indications of neurosis in themselves, to the benefit of their writing style.

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(1959). Psychiatric Quarterly. XXXI, 1957. Psychoanal. Q., 28:117

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