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Herron, W.G. (1995). Development of the Ethnic Unconscious. Psychoanal. Psychol., 12(4):521-532.

(1995). Psychoanalytic Psychology, 12(4):521-532

Development of the Ethnic Unconscious

William G. Herron, Ph.D.

The ethnic unconscious is conceptualized as repressed material shared by each generation with the next and with most people of that ethnic group. The material is derived from identifications that form ethnic character. Given limited attention in the past, the concept is gaining increased visibility and vitality as part of the total self to be analyzed. Attention is drawn to the role of the ethnic unconscious in the analytic process and its value for understanding transference, countertransference, and resistance.

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