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Payne, C.R. (1915). Some Freudian Contributions to the Paranoia Problem. Psychoanal. Rev., 2(2):200-202.

(1915). Psychoanalytic Review, 2(2):200-202

Critical Digest

Some Freudian Contributions to the Paranoia Problem

Charles R. Payne, AB, M.D.

We have considered some of the principal studies of paranoia and paranoic conditions which have appeared from the pens of psychoanalytic writers and may now review the series as a whole to see what new facts have been brought out and how much light has been thrown upon this obscure mental manifestation.

The most salient feature of the series and probably the most valuable contribution here made to the subject of paranoia is the relation existing between paranoia (here I include paranoic symptoms whether occurring in true paranoia or in some other psychosis or even neurosis) and homosexuality.

It should be borne in mind that the term homosexuality as used throughout this whole series does not necessarily imply overt homosexual practices but rather the psychosexual significance of homoeroticism. The homosexual tendency may have been present in the mind without ever having come to actual physical expression.

Everyone of the authors quoted brings this relationship to light though some more clearly than others. Freud has formulated the findings most systematically as was reviewed in the first number of this series to which we will refer later.

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