Year: 1984 Source: Psychoanalytic Inquiry, v.4, no.2, (1984), p.243-268 SIEC No: 19870921

Discusses sexual dimensions of psychopathological phenomena and examines the case of a man whose analysis progressively reconstructed the existence of an infantile psychosis and the resources activated for its self-healing. S’s primal conflict is described in terms of Freudian notions of identification with the father in one’s own personal prehistory. Killing and secondary identification processes are detailed with emphasis on functions carried out by suicide.