Like every other movement that ever attached itself to a prophet, however, it soon went terribly wrong. The followers proceeded to build a conceptual edifice around these fundamental discoveries that depended on their shared imaginings about what was going on in their consulting rooms. This amounted, finally, to a group delusion that always found what it was looking for: "castration anxieties," "oral-sadistic fixations," "urethral erotism," and, above all, "oedipal longings." Offhand comments from Freud were quoted to "establish" the basis for whole new flights of speculation. As the authors in this book make up their theory out of whole cloth it becomes almost painful to read, although, in the case of Karl Abraham, it can also amuse. Of people who were "overindulged in the sucking period," he writes that "their whole conduct in life shows that they expect the mother’s breast to flow for them eternally, so to speak" (p. 199).