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Feelings of Possession (Les Sentiments d’Emprise) and the Ultraparadoxical Phase67

(Open Letter to Prof. Pierre Janet)
WithIvan P. Pavlov

This chapter attempts to interpret the feelings of possession. The basic phenomenon is that the patients objectivise their weakness, their imperfections, and attribute them to others. Many of the ordinary circumstances of life are very difficult, unbearable and painful for these patients. The constant difficulty and the natural frequent failures fill the patients with anxiety and fear, and inspire in them the desire to get away from it all. The contrasts are confused by the patients when they are in a state of depression, the disagreeable opposite usually bearing an objective character and relating to other people. In different states of depression, inhibition, the equalisation, paradoxical and ultraparadoxical phases are manifest.