20th Century - Psychology

Germaine Guex

Germaine Guex (April 17, 1904, in Arcachon, France – November 20, 1984, in Lausanne, Switzerland)[1] was a Swiss psychologist.[2][3][4] She was particularly known for her work on abandonment syndrome in psychoanalysis.

Born in Arcachon, France, Guex achieved the French baccalauréat and studied at the Rousseau Institute in Geneva. In the 1930s, Guex established a pioneering medical-pedagogical service in Monthey, dedicated to the psychoanalytical treatment of children. Her monograph La névrose d’abandon (1950; English: Abandonment neurosis), later re-published in 1973 under the title Le Syndrome d’abandon, made her reputation international.[5] In it, she describes “abandonment neurosis” as a type of neurosis distinct from other previously defined categories.[6][7]


  • The Abandonment Neurosis (The History of Psychoanalysis Series) Karnac Books (2015) ISBN 978-1782201915


  1. ^ Guex, Germaine (2015-06-12). The Abandonment Neurosis. Karnac Books. pp. ix. ISBN 9781781814581.
  2. ^ Jean-Daniel Zbinden, « L’organisateur André Repond » in Christian Müller (dir.) Portraits de psychiatres (suisses) romands, Payot-Lausanne, 1995, (ISBN 2-601-03139-5).
  3. ^ Catherine Fussinger, « Du rôle des femmes et des hommes dans le développement de la pédopsychiatrie en Suisse romande (1930 – 1950) », in Jacqueline Carroy (dir.) Les femmes dans les sciences de l’homme (XIXe-XXe siècles) : inspiratrices, collaboratrices ou créatrices ?, Éditions Seli Arslan, 2005 (ISBN 2842761081).
  4. ^ Corinne Dallera, Nadia Lamamra, Du salon à l’usine : vingt portraits de femmes. Un autre regard sur l’histoire du canton de Vaud, 2003, p. 213-228, coédition : CLAFV & ADF & Ouverture (2003) (ISBN 2884130950)
  5. ^ Germaine Guex in GermanFrench and Italian in the online Historical Dictionary of Switzerland.
  6. ^ Silverman, Max (2005). Frantz Fanon’s ‘Black Skin, White Masks’. Manchester University Press. p. 24. ISBN 9780719064487.
  7. ^ Laplanche, Jean; Pontalis, Jean-Bertrand (1988-12-31). The Language of Psychoanalysis. Karnac Books. p. 270. ISBN 9781781810262.

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