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Adams, Kenneth A. "Arachnophobia: Love american style." Journal of Psychoanalytic Anthropology 4. (1981): 157–97. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
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BibTeX citation key: Adams1981
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Keywords: Gender, Psychoanalysis, Sexuality, USA
Creators: Adams
Collection: Journal of Psychoanalytic Anthropology
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“Analyzes the tendency to equate female sexual desire, woman’s love, and the female and femininity with the voracious spider. The ontogenetic origins of arachnophobia can be traced to a dread of the mother that is structurally encouraged by the claustrophobic intensity of the nuclear family. This archaic terror also ultimately reflects the indeterminate boundaries of the ego that are incapable of differentiating self from mother. In comic books arachnophobia and arachnophilia represent the two sides of “Love American Style”: an ambivalent attraction to and repulsion from preoedipal, undifferentiated, mother–self, male–female dual unity. It is concluded that, ultimately, the origin of arachnophobia in American society seems to lie in the development of an urban society organized around a capitalistic economy.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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