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Frances, A. Gale, L. (1975). The Proprioceptive Body Image in Self-Object Differentiation—A Case of Congenital Indifference to Pain and Head-Banging. Psychoanal Q., 44:107-126.
  

(1975). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 44:107-126

The Proprioceptive Body Image in Self-Object Differentiation—A Case of Congenital Indifference to Pain and Head-Banging

Allen Frances, M.D. and Leonard Gale, M.D.

ABSTRACT

The significance of proprioceptive stimuli in body image formation and in self-object differentiation is explored. The suggestion is made that in some cases head-banging represents an attempt to heighten a proprioceptive sense of self to achieve separation from the object world. Material to illustrate this thesis is drawn from a case of a head-banger who suffers from congenital indifference to pain.

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