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Gray, S.H. (1989). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. LI, 1987: Work and Success Inhibitions in Women: Family Systems Level Interventions in Psychodynamic Treatment. Harriet Holdhor Lerner. Pp. 338-360.. Psychoanal Q., 58:504-505.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. LI, 1987: Work and Success Inhibitions in Women: Family Systems Level Interventions in Psychodynamic Treatment. Harriet Holdhor Lerner. Pp. 338-360.

(1989). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 58:504-505

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. LI, 1987: Work and Success Inhibitions in Women: Family Systems Level Interventions in Psychodynamic Treatment. Harriet Holdhor Lerner. Pp. 338-360.

Sheila Hafter Gray

This is a detailed case report of a thirty-year-old married woman who came for treatment because of depression that began with the birth of her only child, a daughter, two years earlier. She wished to pursue graduate studies, but could not execute her plan. Her ineffectiveness was in large part a consequence of her fear that her self-actualization would damage her marriage. The therapist, using a systemic framework, helped the patient discover the roots of her attitude in her actual

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experiences not only with her husband, who appeared at first inimical to her plan, but also with other family members. The case is presented in a way that demonstrates the author's position that dealing with these matters in the context of actual family relationships is superior to an unmodified psychoanalytic approach of dealing solely with the internalized representations of important persons and events. Thus, the patient was encouraged to master her complex feelings about intellectual accomplishment by coming to know her parents as people. This led to therapeutic progress. The article includes a helpful selected bibliography on work inhibition in women.

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Article Citation

Gray, S.H. (1989). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. LI, 1987. Psychoanal. Q., 58:504-505

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