chapter  4
Developmental Arrest and the Borders of Integrated Functioning
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My coauthor and I illustrated developmental arrest as a conceptual category by means of a case culled from the analytic literature, reported in a series of papers by Zavitzianos (1967, 1971, 1977), who regarded the patient as a "juvenile delinquent." As he described this young woman, she was overtly infantilej only her intellectual func­ tions seem to have escaped the arrest of her development within the phallic phase-phase III of the hierarchical model we proposed in Models of the Mind (see Gedo and Goldberg, 1973, fig. 15, p . 146). By means of a successful analysis, the patient's development was resumed. As she put it herself, she ventured into places where she had never been before: she began to experience guilt, accepted a set of ideals, accom­ modated her behavior to the reality principle, and repression replaced disavowal as her characteristic mode of defense (see Gedo and Gold­ berg, 1973, fig. 14, p. 145).