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Meissner, W.W., S.J. Rizzuto, A. Sashin, J.I. Buie, D.H. (1987). A View of Aggression in Phobic States. Psychoanal Q., 56:452-476.

(1987). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 56:452-476

A View of Aggression in Phobic States

W. W. Meissner, S.J., Ana-Maria Rizzuto, M.D., Jerome I. Sashin, M.D. and D. H. Buie, M.D.


This article attempts to apply a theory of aggression as motivation to overcome obstacles to the understanding of phobic states and their formation. The role of aggression in the genesis of phobic conditions is discussed, and the traditional analytic view of aggression as instinctual drive is contrasted with a motivational approach. The motivational view offers the advantage of a clearer understanding of the stimulus contexts, representational connections, and both real and imaginary object connections that are lacking in the more traditional understanding of aggression as a biological drive.

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