By M. Perret Catipovic

This number of vintage and modern essays - from the likes of Freud, Blos and Laufer - makes an incredible contribution to the reassessment of psychoanalytic realizing and remedy of adults.

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Total war is waged against the pursuit of pleasure as such. Accordingly, most of the normal processes of instinct and need satisfaction are interfered with and become paralysed. According to clinical observation, adolescent asceticism is, with luck, a transitory phenomenon. e. of the extent to which the normal, healthy drive derivatives are open to crippling interference by the ego. On the whole, analytic treatment of the ascetic type does not present as many technical difficulties as one would expect.

Also, the escape from these attachments has suspended the feeling of internal conflict, at least temporarily; consequently, the adolescent does not feel in need of psychological help. A. Aichhorn had these points in mind when he maintained that adolescents of the dissocial and criminal type needed a long period of preparation and inner rearrangement before they could become amenable to analytic treatment. He maintained that the latter would be successful only if, during this preparation in a residential setting, the adolescent made a new transference of object love, reawakened his infantile attachments, internalized his conflicts once more, in short, became neurotic.

This latter assertion, on the other hand, has to be correlated with two recent findings of a different nature which we owe to work done in our Hampstead Child-Therapy Clinic. One of these findings is derived from the study of orphaned children who were deprived of the relationship to a stable mother figure in their first years. This lack of a mother fixation, far from making adolescence easier, constitutes a real danger to the whole inner coherence of the personality during that period. e. to sexual partners.

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