Addiction to near-death.

@article{Joseph1982AddictionTN,
  title={Addiction to near-death.},
  author={B. Joseph},
  journal={The International journal of psycho-analysis},
  year={1982},
  volume={63 Pt 4},
  pages={
          449-56
        }
}
  • B. Joseph
  • Published 1982
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The International journal of psycho-analysis
This paper describes a very malignant type of self-destructiveness seen in a small group of patients. It is active in the way that they run their lives and it emerges in a deadly way in the transference. This type of self-destructiveness is, I suggest, in the nature of an addiction of a particular sado-masochistic type, which these patients feel unable to resist. It seems to be like a constant pull towards despair and near-death, so that the patient is fascinated and unconsciously excited by… Expand
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