'Psychic reality' and reality testing in the analysis of perverse defences.

  • Leni Grossman
  • Published 1996 in The International journal of psycho-analysis


The author considers that a large group of clinical phenomena, of which perversion is the most dramatic example, is characterised by the effort to disavow troubling perceptions of reality. In these cases, patients are sometimes characterised--erroneously, in his view-as living in a different 'psychic reality'. He suggests that patients who use perverse… (More)


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