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Primal repressions are those that are difficult to trace and even more difficult, if not impossible, to lift. Repressions closer to a primal repression on the continuum "being liked" or "being liked by an older male" would be the experience, say, that father was available to our heroine and would pay attention to her provided that there were no guests in the house. If there were any, he was likely to talk shop with them and even send her up to her room. "Father in company"—and even mother's company would be enough—was the condition under which she learned not to try to get his attention.

Some only think they have got such a theory in their heads, and others do not even think so. Whilst on this subject, I may as well take up another notion that the reader would know from psychoanalytic literature : the notion of primary and secondary process (Freud, 1900, esp. ch. 7; also Rapaport, 1951). Where do they fit? Well, we can equate primary process to primitive desire and secondary process to controlled desire with all that these terms, in turn, entail. One may object on the grounds that primary and secondary process refers to thought rather than action.

Whether a policeman is coming behind him, or whether he is behind a policeman. Well, not exactly behind a policeman, but behind somebody whom he wants to apprehend for an offense. So what would be the difference between imitation and identification ? They are different by degree. A person imitating another is less serious about wanting to be that person or wanting to do what he does instead of something else. ). In fact, he can stop the game any time, whereas he could not stop identifying with his mother who happens, say, to be a nasty, aggressive person.

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