atavistic regression


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atavistic regression

Fringe psychiatry
A term coined by Australian psychotherapist Ainsley Meares for a return to a mental state in which a person’s instinct is allowed a freer reign than is otherwise normal in the current consciousness-oriented society; some workers believe hypnotherapy acts by evoking atavistic regression.
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Atavistic regression in which the subject regresses to a more primitive mode of functioning in which he/she responds to the therapist as though the latter were an important person earlier in life
Coevally, the inherited cultural capitalist "European" dispositions, in Mary and Hemingway and in some of the influenced natives, help interpret Hemingway's final powerful alternative drift towards atavistic regression.
The Degeneration myth - formed from fear and anxiety and adorned by a quasi-scientific language derived from biology, sociology, psychiatry, and medicine - sought to explain the varieties of human failing which relate to heredity, the city and its effect on the psyche, perversity, race, sexuality, atavistic regression and deviancy, insanity, and criminality.