Year: 1964 Source: American Journal of Psychotherapy, v.18, (1964), p.304-316 SIEC No: 19860176

The author states that instinctual & interpersonal factors contribute to the masochistic phenomena. He illustrates this by a ‘helpless’ suicidal patient whose life has consisted of love & work failures, & who acts ineffectually. Treatment principles involved included: encouragement of dependence on the therapist; quarantine from other interpersonal communications; demonstration that the therapist was not an omnipotent presence in her life; intervention in hostility & anger. 10 ref.