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(1959). Psychosomatic Medicine. XX, 1958: Role of Sexuality in Epilepsy. Bernard Bandler, I. Charles Kaufman, James W. Dykens, Maxwell Schleifer, Leon N. Shapiro, and Joseph F. Arico. Pp. 227-234.. Psychoanal Q., 28:291-292.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychosomatic Medicine. XX, 1958: Role of Sexuality in Epilepsy. Bernard Bandler, I. Charles Kaufman, James W. Dykens, Maxwell Schleifer, Leon N. Shapiro, and Joseph F. Arico. Pp. 227-234.

(1959). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 28:291-292

Psychosomatic Medicine. XX, 1958: Role of Sexuality in Epilepsy. Bernard Bandler, I. Charles Kaufman, James W. Dykens, Maxwell Schleifer, Leon N. Shapiro, and Joseph F. Arico. Pp. 227-234.

The authors analyze psychological evidences accompanying two seizures in one patient to support the thesis that epileptic seizures occur in relation to heightened sexual conflicts. The old nonspecific quantitative seizure-threshold theory

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of occurrence is criticized, as is also the theory that seizures relate only to increases of aggressive instinctual tension. Detailed clinical evidence implicates rape, pregnancy, and erotic transference fantasies in touching off seizures. Heightened death wishes toward mother occasioned a psychosis instead of epileptic seizure, but in this reaction, too, rape and pregnancy fantasies play an important role. In fact, all of this patient's 'sexuality' was so heavily admixed with aggressive drives and was of such a primitive pregenital type that the alterations forced upon previous theories are slight. The authors imply that the seizure serves a function of resolution or discharge of the sexual tension, but they offer no clinical evidence or elucidation of this hypothesis.

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(1959). Psychosomatic Medicine. XX, 1958. Psychoanal. Q., 28:291-292

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