Acting Out: The First Symptom, and the Primacy of Anger or Sex

  • Henry Kellerman

In Part IV, a number of theoretical issues will be raised that are directed at a critical examination of various questions regarding the efficacy of the symptom-code as a cure-all for a certain class of symptoms. Most of these symptoms were those of recent onset, and which had not fully contaminated the personality. Thus, the person and the symptom remained distinguishable, and such symptoms were seen to be encapsulated in a neurotic and nonpsychotic state. This class of symptoms was also not encrusted in a chronic somatized transformation, and in addition was free from any neurological or biological influences. In other words, these curable symptoms, for the most part, were those that remained in an ego-alien position in relation to the personality.


Intrusive Thought Clinical Vignette Symptom Formation Morning Sickness Sexual Impulse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Kellerman
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  1. 1.Postgraduate Center for Mental HealthNew YorkUSA

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