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Aisling Campbell – The Absence of Anxiety – A Case of Transvestism


THE LETTER 06 (Spring 1996) pages 91-98


Anxiety is so universal a human experience that it is remarkable only when it is absent. It is generally accepted as ubiquitous in the neurotic and the psychotic. Only the perverse individual seems to escape its insistence, albeit briefly, when he is playing out his phantasy. In this situation, it is not just that his anxiety is suppressed it is completely absent. Rather, he induces anxiety in others; witness the panic engendered by the paedophile priest. I would like to discuss the case of a man whose absolute lack of anxiety when he is engaged in...

The Absence of Anxiety – A Case of Transvestism

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