Asserts that the psychoanalytic theory of somatic conversion does not resolve all of the perplexities concerning the transformation of a psychic event into a somatic one. An alternate interpretation is based on an informational conception of a defense process in terms of a "psychocybernetic model" of cognition and behavior; these interpretations have only "analogic" meaning. Uncorrected coding of input corresponds to the "aspecific phase" of the defense mechanism, while the peculiar configuration of this uncorrected input corresponds to the "specific phase." (English summary) (129 ref.) ((c) 1997 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)
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