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, 66 ( Pt 1), 77-94

Three Principles of Mental Functioning in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

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Three Principles of Mental Functioning in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

E V Wolfenstein. Int J Psychoanal.

Abstract

In this essay I have reformulated the relationship of the pleasure principle, reality principle, and Nirvana principle. I have linked this conception of the three principles of mental functioning to the idea of the paranoid-schizoid position. And I have attempted to demonstrate the utility of these various notions for illuminating the analyst's sleepiness during analytic sessions.

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