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Holzman, P.S. Ekstein, R. (1959). Repetition—Functions of Transitory Regressive Thinking. Psychoanal Q., 28:228-235.

(1959). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 28:228-235

Repetition—Functions of Transitory Regressive Thinking

Philip S. Holzman, Ph.D. and Rudolf Ekstein, Ph.D.


Transitory states of regression in otherwise nonpsychotic patients may be viewed as repetitions of previous situations dynamically similar to the present. They may be used to reconstruct not only the patient's recent experiences, but also early

experiences of fantasies that are recalled by these unusual states of consciousness.

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