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Goldberg, A. (2005). I Wish the Hour Were Over: Elements of a Moral Dilemma. Psychoanal Q., 74(1):253-266.

(2005). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 74(1):253-266

I Wish the Hour Were Over: Elements of a Moral Dilemma

Arnold Goldberg, M.D.

In contrast to the viewpoint that sees conflict as deriving from defense against instinctual drives and thus as an intrapsychic phenomenon, this essay presents conflict as some-times being an external opposition between disparate con-figurations of the self. These parallel sectors with different goals and ambitions can be seen in a continuum from the dramatic narcissistic behavior disorders to more subtle in-stances of moral dilemmas. A clinical illustration is offered to demonstrate its occurrence and management in psycho-analysis.

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