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December 1959

Thrills and Regressions.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1959;98(6):812. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1959.02070020814022

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Michael Balint, a serious and yet popular writer in the field of psychoanalysis, has created a new book based on a commonly observed dichotomy—that of the difference between the individual who enjoys, participates in, and becomes a very real part of the exciting thrills of a carnival, and the other individual who shrinks, clings, and tries to avoid all the exciting rides. Dr. Balint has extended this common phenomenon into various approaches to life, trying to describe both the early background of those who become avid for the exciting, death-defying thrill, and those who tend to cling to the dependent security of the earth. He feels that this particular change occurs at a very early stage in personality development, when the individual becomes aware of the object outside himself on whom he is normally dependent. Some persons cling to this dependency; others go beyond it and defy it, but always

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