chapter  11
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Rage Without Content

The earliest psychological organization (pre-ego, pre-object, and, of course, preverbal) is characterized by increases and decreases of inner tensions. The psyche can neither register its needs (that is experience them as wishes) nor provide for their relief; the tensions remain, without psychological elaboration, on the physical level. The rage caused by the mounting “unpleasure” can be understood as a form of automatic tension relief which is also not psychologically elaborated by fantasies [p. 244].