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(1962). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLI, 1960: On Basic Unity. Margaret Little. Pp. 377-384.. Psychoanal Q., 31:118-119.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLI, 1960: On Basic Unity. Margaret Little. Pp. 377-384.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:118-119

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLI, 1960: On Basic Unity. Margaret Little. Pp. 377-384.

Patients with psychotic types of transference seek to establish a state of total identity with the analyst. This state of undifferentiation is called by the author 'basic unity'. The patient needs to regress in order to repair the 'basic fault' caused by the traumatic infantile experience. As a consequence, certain transitory states of delusion and depersonalization occur. Apparently only awareness of intense distress, annihilating the sense of being a person, is present. Great

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care is necessary in the management of these states lest acts of destruction occur. Successful working through leads to the ability to form real object relationships.

Several case reports, notes on technique, and a theoretical discussion of the normal and pathological development of differentiation and undifferentiation are included in the paper.

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Article Citation

(1962). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLI, 1960. Psychoanal. Q., 31:118-119

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