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Am J Psychother. 1996 Winter;50(1):3-13.

Character and psychotherapy.

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Dept of Psychology, New School for Social Research, New York, NY 10003, USA.


Psychoanalytic theory of psychopathology began as a theory of particular pathogenic agents in the form of repressed memories or drive-generated fantasies. It has developed in the direction of a theory of the mind's organization; that is, a theory of character pathology. A characterological understanding of psychopathology enlarges therapeutic attention beyond the patient's verbal references and toward the patient himself in the "here and now."

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