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St. John, R. (1969). Schizophrenic Blocking and the Blank Dream. Psychoanal Q., 38:275-286.
   

(1969). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 38:275-286

Schizophrenic Blocking and the Blank Dream

Robert St. John, M.D.

SUMMARY

From clinical observations and from discussion of some of the literature I have suggested that blocking in the schizophrenic patient represents a narcissistic withdrawal, a regression to a state in which the preverbal nonvisual memory traces of the nursing experience are cathected. That is, schizophrenic blocking may be a manifestation of rapid regression to a blank dream state. This narcissistic withdrawal is fostered by a mother who has related to her child as if he were an inanimate transitional object.

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