Publish or Perish: Writing Blocks in Dissertation Writers--The ABD Impasse

McAloon, Rose Fichera
July 2004
Modern Psychoanalysis;2004, Vol. 29 Issue 2, p229
Academic Journal
This paper explores the internal conflicts that may derail efforts to undertake or complete a dissertation. In the review of literature on this subject and in several illuminating case studies, the author focuses on four indicators: fantasy of the meaning and significance of doctoral dissertation; evidence of drive fusion or defusion; sexual identity and object choice difficulties; and potential for drive satisfaction. Preliminary findings are proposed and topics for further research are suggested.


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