chapter  Chapter 8
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Regression

ByLaura Dethiville

In analytical circles, regression has generally a rather poor reputation. Traditionally, the term implies “the return of the subject to the previous stages of his development” (Laplanche and Pontalis, 1967) It is therefore a step backwards that represents resistance, a defence mechanism and, more specifically, the action of the compulsion for repetition. For Freud, it was a negative episode in the cure which blocked the course of the analytical process, based on the verbalization and interpretation of the movements of the transference.