Anti-Semitism and Emotional Disorder: A Psychoanalytic by Nathan W. Ackerman

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She takes great pains with her outward appearance, devoting considerable attention to clothes, coiffure, and cosmetics, trying to appear young and attractive, although actually she regards herself as neither. Another patient (Case 2), whose conflict of identity is manifested in the phantasy of a "test tube" birth, thereby revealing that he considers himself banished from all humanity, is well aware of his deep anxieties. He has one overpowering wish—to appear to be a "normal," strong, and successful person.

Generally it was not experienced as a conscious dread but manifested itself indirectly in various forms of social discomfort and disability. ) A few illustrations of this pervasive anxiety may clarify the matter. Case 4: This woman patient manifests diffuse fear. She is uncertain and anxious about all aspects of herself. She is disturbed by her failure to get mar- ried. She is nervous about her work performance. She is concerned about "Democratic Party" election victories. In short, every event serves as a means for attaching her anxiety to a pseudorealistic cause.

Hundreds of people come to him to discuss issues and seek his advice, but to him all this is nothing but a duty. He remains detached' and isolated, without any warmth, and gains small satisfaction from his popularity. At the height of his successful business career he now has only one wish, which reveals his deep resignation: he wants to retire as soon as possible. The admission of such resignation is rare. Generally the patients make frantic efforts to establish human contacts, but their deep-rooted doubts about themselves frustrate their attempts even before they get started.

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