A psychodynamic hypothesis on the Night Eating Syndrome

  • G. Cavaggioni
New Hypotheses


The Night Eating Syndrome (NES) is usually interpreted in organicistic and physiological terms. This paper looks at it dynamically in terms of the psychic dimension o the patient through an examination of the contrasting tensions (emptiness and fullness; sav ing and destroying the object, etc.) that are the unconscious cause of his NES. A relationship is suggested between nocturnal reawakenings as a form of eating behaviour and the undreamt or avoided dreams used by the patient as a defence against “perception” of the unconscious. (Eating Weight Disord. 4, 15–18, 1999) ©1999, Editrice Kurtis

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Sleep dream greed 


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© Editrice Kurtis 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Cavaggioni
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  1. 1.Servizio Speciale di Psichiatria e PsicoterapiaUniversità “La Sapienza”RomaFrance

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