The author begins with a concise historical review of the fears tabus and superstitions that always have surrounded menstruation visualizing the different expressions of these fears in different cultural levels she ventures an interesting hypothesis on a possible connection between the psychic effect of menstruation and the medieval belief in witches. It is the authors purpose to determine the psychologic mechanisms associated with menstruation by a research into the symptoms which arise or become aggravated during the monthly period by a study of the associated phenomena of transference by an analysis of the dreams and fantasies which appear at that time and by a survey of the sociologic influences affecting the menstruating girl the . Home november 1932 volume 76 issue 5 the psychological effects of menstruation previous abstract next abstract article tools article as pdf 111 kb print this article email to colleague add to my favorites export to citation manager alert me when cited get content permissions . Another interpretation of womens psychological reaction to menstruation is that losing blood in the menstrual cycle is equivalent to losing a child deutsch believes that all women desire to be mothers therefore each menstruation is a continual reminder that a woman has failed to become pregnant delaney et a 1976 this theory is surprisingly restated by various analysts among them erik erikson who writes in his famous essay womanhood and the inner space that a woman is most
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