Year: 1974 Source: Psychoanalytic Quarterly, v.43, no.2, (1974), p.262-287 SIEC No: 19831907

When the attempt to maintain stable aggressive cathexes of object-representations differentiated from self-representations fails, there results a preponderance of primitive identifications that may cause the ego to be overwhelmed by unneutralized aggressive energies. The life and poetry of Sylvia Plath illustrates what I have termed ‘fusion with the victim’, a regressive vicissitude of identification with the aggressor.