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(1962). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLII, 1961: Family Role and Identity Formation. Peter Lomas. Pp. 371-380.. Psychoanal Q., 31:577.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLII, 1961: Family Role and Identity Formation. Peter Lomas. Pp. 371-380.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 31:577

International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLII, 1961: Family Role and Identity Formation. Peter Lomas. Pp. 371-380.

Lomas describes a patient who failed to establish an identity of her own as a result of her ill family forcing an identity on her which conformed to their needs. The patient's illness derived from her inability to establish a sense of individuality or uniqueness and some of her symptoms represented the attempt by her superego to suppress individuality. The author suggests that the psychopathology of a sick family has a pattern of its own in addition to the psychopathology of its individual members. The illness of this patient is described in terms of a failure of family organization; the family lacked communication with the external world and developed excessive dependence upon its members. Their insecurity caused anxieties over possible disintegration and a defensive denial of these fears by the creation of a family myth of mutual love and loyalty. Lomas comments on some of the factors from which a sense of identity is normally derived and how these factors are influenced by an emotionally disturbed family.

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(1962). International Journal of Psychoanalysis. XLII, 1961. Psychoanal. Q., 31:577

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