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Repression and splitting: Towards a method of conceptual comparison

Hinshelwood, Robert D (2008) 'Repression and splitting: Towards a method of conceptual comparison.' The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 89 (3). pp. 503-521. ISSN 00207578

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An attempt is made to compare two psychoanalytic concepts which by 'belonging' to different psychoanalytic groups have come to be defined and used differently. The paper is also an inquiry into the possibility of a comparative psychoanalytic method. The two concepts are 'repression' and 'splitting of the ego' and an examination is made of the semantic similarities and differences. Some clinical material is offered that adds indicative clinical evidence to test the semantic comparison. The aim is to answer the question: Are the terms simply alternative ones for similar clinical phenomena? The paper offers one method which could provide an answer. It represents a general method for clarifying and maybe reconciling the differing points of view of competing psychoanalytic schools.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: annihilation; clinical evidence; comparative method; repression; semantic analysis; splitting; substitute formation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2012 15:03
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2012 15:03

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