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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Paulus is astute in calling into question Peter Lehman's argument about The Searchers; he notes how understanding Ford's framing virtuosity makes Lehman's theorizing about "womb imagery" or "atavistic regression" needless.
* 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. Christianity is a symbolic structuring force.