The inner space of the body image.

  title={The inner space of the body image.},
  author={T. H{\"a}gglund and H. Piha},
  journal={The Psychoanalytic quarterly},
  volume={49 2},
In a review of the psychoanalytic literature the authors show that throughout life the ego structure and identity of an individual are founded to a significant degree on the sensations and awareness of the body. It is suggested that psychic processes processes primarily evolve from cathecting biological events, of which the quality of rhythm seems to be most important. Each of the erogenous zones has its own inner space which is integrated into the body image and the body self as the child… Expand

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