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(1959). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXIX, 1958: Causes and Mechanisms of Ego Distortion. S. Nacht. Pp. 271-273.. Psychoanal Q., 28:284.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXIX, 1958: Causes and Mechanisms of Ego Distortion. S. Nacht. Pp. 271-273.

(1959). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 28:284

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXIX, 1958: Causes and Mechanisms of Ego Distortion. S. Nacht. Pp. 271-273.

Nacht sees ego distortion as an evidence of weakness: under conditions of too great stress, distortion rather than appropriate ('conventional') ego defense results. This concept distinguishes sharply, therefore, between ego distortion and the classic disturbances of ego function. A corrective and reparative experience (with the analyst) is required because the patient has really had 'a monstrous father or an abominable mother'. Satisfactory results with such patients necessitate a deeply positive attitude on the part of the therapist, who must be an objectively 'good object'. Otherwise the pathological behavior of such patients seems fixed and irreversible. The difficulties in such modification of conventional analysis require special skill in handling the countertransference.

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(1959). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XXXIX, 1958. Psychoanal. Q., 28:284

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