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The Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 31, Issue 1–4, pp 458–464 | Cite as

On ambivalence

  • David N. Graubert
  • Joseph S. A. Miller
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Summary

The term “ambivalence” has acquired a well-grounded place in the psychiatric vocabulary. The meaning and contents of the term, however, have changed imperceptibly during two generations of using it.

From a quasi-static concept as seen by Bleuler it developed finally into the present-day dynamic concept of energetic equilibrium. In this paper, the development of the concept, and the differences in the meaning and use are discussed in an attempt to clarify the concept and its increasing importance in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory.

Keywords

Collect Paper Negative Transference Word Taboo Oedipus Complex Ambivalent Feeling 
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© The Psychiatric Quarterly 1957

Authors and Affiliations

  • David N. Graubert
    • 1
  • Joseph S. A. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Hillside HospitalGlen Oaks, L.I.

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