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Neubauer, P.B. (1994). The Role of Displacement in Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. St. Child, 49:107-119.

(1994). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 49:107-119

The Role of Displacement in Psychoanalysis

Peter B. Neubauer, M.D.

Displacement is a defense mechanism employed by many other defenses and has a different role from all the other defenses. Locating conflicts in a new situation, displacement attempts to find new solutions.

Dis-placement often is a re-placement unless it is part of the repetition-compulsion pattern. The paper explores the technical implications that demand special recognition of displacement beyond the usual analysis of the defenses. References are made to new research in the neurosciences.

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