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Regression

Attempt of a person to return to an earlier libidinal phase of functioning. Tendency is to avoid the tension and conflict evoked at the present level of development. It reflects the basic tendency to gain instinctual gratification at a less-developed period. It could be a normal phenomenon, since certain amount of regression is essential for relaxation, sleep, and orgasm in sexual intercourse. Regression is also an essential for creative process (Sadock, 2003).

(T.J.)

References:

  • Sadock, B.J., Sadock, V.A. Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry. Ninth edition, Philadelphia; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003.

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