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Evans, R. (1975). "Hysterical Materialization" in the Analysis of a Latency Girl. Psychoanal. St. Child, 30:307-339.

(1975). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 30:307-339

"Hysterical Materialization" in the Analysis of a Latency Girl

Robert Evans, M.D.

FERENCZI (1919) PROPOSED THE TERM "MATERIALIZATION" FOR CERtain hysterical phenomena which intrigued him because they implied a capacity for "a decided increase of innervation, which the normal neuro-psychic apparatus is incapable of manifesting," in contrast to the paralyses, anaesthesias, and paraesthesias, which are characterized by "interrupting or disturbing the normal afference of sensory and efference of motor innervation as regards consciousness" (p. 91).

Directing his attention to the alimentary tract, Ferenczi chose for special study such phenomena as globus hystericus and certain forms of constipation.

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