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J Am Psychoanal Assoc. 1980;28(1):69-88.

Rapunzel: the symbolism of the cutting of hair.

Abstract

I have adduced data to demonstrate that the act of cutting of hair is a symbol. The criterion of proof used is the traditional one in psychoanalysis: the idea carries constant meanings in separate areas of human experience and behavior. Such constant meanings are shown in a folk tale, the mental lives of patients, clinical studies by other authors, and certain practices of other cultures. The cutting of hair symbolizes separation from a mothering object, castration, and reparation.

PMID:
6155393
DOI:
10.1177/000306518002800104
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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