The Compulsion to Confess  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The Compulsion to Confess (German, Geständniszwang und Strafbedürfnis 1925) is Theodor Reik's first major book in which he argued that neurotic symptoms such as blushing and stuttering can be seen as unconscious confessions that express the patient's repressed impulses while also punishing the patient for communicating these impulses.

In literature we have an example of this group in Poe's tale: "The Tell-Tale Heart".

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