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Esman, A.H. (1962). Visual Hallucinoses in Young Children. Psychoanal. St. Child, 17:334-343.

(1962). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 17:334-343

Visual Hallucinoses in Young Children

Aaron H. Esman, M.D.


Five cases of acute visual hallucinosis in young children have been observed within a relatively short time. The hallucinoses appeared to represent acute regressive reactions in response to overwhelming anxiety. Restitutive efforts involved the projection of a destructive parental introject, which was then perceived visually. Background factors for the choice of visual perception of the projected object are discussed.

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