Contemporary Rorschach Interpretation

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teem and wish to avoid some serious life stressors made gambling an exciting and novel outlet ( Galski, 1987). When money was needed, criminal activity followed, and with the death of father, the unconscious wish to be caught resulted in his arrest and prosecution. If he had only not listened to his dad. "Of all terrors of conscience speak to me, but do not speak to me of my father!" (from the opera Don Carlos, quoted in Reik, 1961, p. 268). David, our neurotic criminal, "was equal to his deed when he did it; but he could not endure its image after it was done" ( Nietzsche, 1883/1969, p. 65).
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
An earlier version of this chapter was presented at a symposium entitled, "Neurotic Personality Organization: Through the Looking Glass III" at the Midwinter Meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, March 20, 1993, San Francisco, California.We thank Marilyn Clarke for the excellent preparation of this article.
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