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Stauffer, T.G. (1960). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VI, 1958: Dream Resistance and Schizophrenia. Ives Hendrick. Pp. 672-690.. Psychoanal Q., 29:433-434.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VI, 1958: Dream Resistance and Schizophrenia. Ives Hendrick. Pp. 672-690.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:433-434

Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VI, 1958: Dream Resistance and Schizophrenia. Ives Hendrick. Pp. 672-690.

Tom G. Stauffer

This is an abbreviated from of two papers otherwise unaltered as to content which the author presented more than twenty years ago, and which he considers valid today. His main interest is in differentiating the schizophrenic and the neurotic psychic processes. His emphasis in schizophrenia is on the role of an ego defect, for example the lack of ability to repress. This problem in repression leads to development of pathological sexual and destructive ideas. Such ideas are secondary to this basic defect; whereas in the neurotic the primary problem is excessive repression of the sexual drives. The schizophrenic need for a

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retreat to autistic thinking closely resembles the neurotic's use of dream resistance as a withdrawal to defend himself against transference material, usually hostile transference feelings. The massive withdrawal of object cathexis in the schizophrenic is initiated by the biological need to combat or neutralize the primary destructive impulses with which the ego is unable to cope. Treatment should be directed toward understanding the biological or psychological origin of the abnormally intense destructive trend or the cause of the development of the defective ego incapable of normal repressive mechanisms.

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Article Citation

Stauffer, T.G. (1960). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. VI, 1958. Psychoanal. Q., 29:433-434

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