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Volume 55 Issue 2 (June 1982), Pages 109-201

Obsessional phenomena and the development of imaginative competence (pages 147-158)

Obsessional phenomena are discussed in the light of anxieties arising around the ages 8–12. Three cases of the disappearance of obsessional symptoms are then described. In one a remarkable sequence of dreams preceded recovery; in another it was the establishment of a secure therapeutic bond; in the third it was falling in love. The capacity securely to differentiate between fantasy and reality is seen as an essential developmental element in the recovery from obsessionality.

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