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Wilson, E., Jr. (1994). Psyche. Zeitschrift Für Psychoanalyse Und Ihre Anwendungen. XL, 1986: The Demise of an Institution. Mario Erdheim. Pp. 1092-1104.. Psychoanal Q., 63:403.
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(1994). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 63:403

Psyche. Zeitschrift Für Psychoanalyse Und Ihre Anwendungen. XL, 1986: The Demise of an Institution. Mario Erdheim. Pp. 1092-1104.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

By "demise" of an institution Erdheim means the painful failure to die, the failure of death. The psychological equivalent is melancholia, which is the failure of the mourning process. Institutions seldom die a quick death; they hang on and on, even after becoming anachronistic. Their structure and sometimes function and purpose are often taken over in a new edition by the institutions set up to replace them, just as Napoleon, starting out as a hero of the Revolution, eventually crowned himself emperor instead. Erdheim's historical review reveals this process of slow demise as characteristic of organized psychoanalysis.

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Wilson, E., Jr. (1994). Psyche. Zeitschrift Für Psychoanalyse Und Ihre Anwendungen. XL, 1986. Psychoanal. Q., 63:403

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