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Wilson, E., Jr. (1984). Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLIII. 1979: Mourning, Nostalgia, Remembrance. J. Fénelon. Pp. 625-631.. Psychoanal Q., 53:150-151.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLIII. 1979: Mourning, Nostalgia, Remembrance. J. Fénelon. Pp. 625-631.

(1984). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 53:150-151

Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLIII. 1979: Mourning, Nostalgia, Remembrance. J. Fénelon. Pp. 625-631.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

Fénelon discusses the role of nostalgia which may be predominant in certain cases. He discusses the case of Marcel, who presented with nostalgia, depression, a scarcity of memories, an abundant fantasy life, and a resistance to transference. By nostalgia Fénelon refers to a tendency of Marcel's to desire a return to the past, or to search in the future for what was in the past. He argues that nostalgia is a defense against mourning. Nostalgia keeps the lost object firmly present and exterior to oneself. A difficulty in the treatment of such patients is presented by anal regression and moral masochism in the transference. This

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takes the form of a replication of a primordial object relationship which wards off mourning, but also wards off memories from early childhood. The patient showed a desire to return to a lost paradise, before the discovery of sexual differences, a time of omnipotence with an archaic ideal self. The absence of memories prevented any work of mourning, and left the patient paradoxically hopeful that one day, perhaps, oedipal dreams might come true.

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Wilson, E., Jr. (1984). Revue Française De Psychanalyse, XLIII. 1979. Psychoanal. Q., 53:150-151

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