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(1960). Psychiatry. XXII, 1959: A Marriage Pattern: The 'Lovesick' Wife and the 'Cold, Sick' Husband. Peter A. Martin and H. Waldo Bird. Pp. 245-249.. Psychoanal Q., 29:294.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychiatry. XXII, 1959: A Marriage Pattern: The 'Lovesick' Wife and the 'Cold, Sick' Husband. Peter A. Martin and H. Waldo Bird. Pp. 245-249.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:294

Psychiatry. XXII, 1959: A Marriage Pattern: The 'Lovesick' Wife and the 'Cold, Sick' Husband. Peter A. Martin and H. Waldo Bird. Pp. 245-249.

In ten years of collaborative work as a team treating marriage partners, the authors have delimited a clinical entity referred to in the title. The wife comes first for treatment in an emotionally decompensated state with multiple somatic, anxiety, and depressive symptoms, blaming her desperate state on an unloving, cold, cruel, even murderous and psychotic husband. She insists that her husband needs treatment so she can get well; otherwise she will get a divorce. Characteristically the husband turns out to be a much more integrated, mature individual than his wife. He is functioning well in his professional and civic roles and, more often than not, is the more adequate partner in the home. He shows much more capacity for love than his wife, and his more favorable response to psychotherapy is predictable. Actually the wives are bound in a symbiotic infant-mother relationship with their husbands; they are oral characters who feign a capacity for love and project their unacceptable drives onto their husbands. The problems in treatment of fourteen such couples are reviewed with emphasis on close collaboration between the psychiatrists.

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(1960). Psychiatry. XXII, 1959. Psychoanal. Q., 29:294

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