Pain, aggression, fantasy, and concepts of sadomasochism.

@article{Grossman1991PainAF,
  title={Pain, aggression, fantasy, and concepts of sadomasochism.},
  author={W. I. Grossman},
  journal={The Psychoanalytic quarterly},
  year={1991},
  volume={60 1},
  pages={
          22-52
        }
}
  • W. I. Grossman
  • Published 1991
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Psychoanalytic quarterly
Traumatized infants and children may exhibit syndromes of aggressive, pain-seeking, and self-destructive behavior resembling the so-called sadomasochism seen in adults. Three hypotheses are offered to account for the repetition of sadomasochistic phenomena in childhood and later character disorders: 1) pain and painful affects are sources of aggression; 2) the need to control aggression plays an important role in the development of psychic structure; 3) child abuse and trauma impair the ability… Expand
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