Psychic trauma and masochism.

  • J. G. Glenn
  • Published 1984 in
    Journal of the American Psychoanalytic…


Three analyses are presented in which acute trauma (overwhelming internal or external stimulation so great as to preclude the patient's utilizing his usual defenses adequately) in childhood contributed to the development of masochism. The patients later attempted mastery through repetition, reversal, and erotization , and employed regression as a defense… (More)


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