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Sandler, J. Nagera, H. (1963). Aspects of the Metapsychology of Fantasy. Psychoanal. St. Child, 18:159-194.

(1963). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 18:159-194

Aspects of the Metapsychology of Fantasy

Joseph Sandler, Ph.D. and Humberto Nagera, M.D.

A year or two ago a number of analysts and child psychotherapists working on the Hampstead Index were faced with the need to create a workable classification of observed clinical material relating to the superego concept as it was developed by Freud and in subsequent psychoanalytic writings. This led to a formulation of the superego (Sandler, 1960); (Sandler et al., 1962) which stressed, among other things, its function as a source of well-being and self-esteem, and its general role in the regulation of narcissistic supplies.

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