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Roth, N. (1959). The Face-Genital Equation. Psychoanal Q., 28:493-500.

(1959). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 28:493-500

The Face-Genital Equation

Nathan Roth, M.D.


The close, unconscious relationship between the face and the genitals is physiologically and psychologically determined by their having in common certain biological functions which serve to express feelings and release instinctual tensions. Clinical instances are given, its value as a diagnostic symptom noted, and its relevance to the pathology of object relationships, ego autonomy, and the establishment of personal identity is outlined.

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