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Being of Two Minds by Arnold I. Goldberg

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Chapter 8

INFIDELITY: A PROTOTYPICAL VERTICAL SPLIT

Infidelity is a difficult concept to define as well as to isolate, inasmuch as it calls forth a host of moral and ethical reactions and entails a wide range of cultural considerations. Sitting as it does in a mixed field of evaluation, it once again becomes necessary to emphasize a psychoanalytic perspective and diagnosis. Although many students and scholars seem to guess at the incidence of extramarital affairs, which range from one-night stands to dual living arrangements, it may well be the case that no one really knows how common infidelity is, nor can we say that it has a unique and universal psychological meaning. There does, however, seem to be a special place for an understanding and ...

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