Annals of Case Reports and Clinical Studies (ISSN: 2834-5673) | Volume 2, Issue 1 | Case Report | Open Access

‘Benign’ Regression and Creative Resilience: A Case Study during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Debatree Mukherjee*

Department of Psychology, Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendranath College, India

*Correspondence to: Debatree Mukherjee 

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The present paper documents and analyses a case attempting to explore the experiential journey of a young Bengali woman during the first wave of covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. The present subject, referred to as ‘S’, was a young Bengali working woman of 21 yrs, living in Kolkata. Qualitative methodology was followed. Interview method with open-ended questions were opted for, attempting to cover personal experiences, experiences with romantic partner and family, and expectations of the future. The interview was conducted virtually, as there was a complete lockdown in India and any sort of travel was restricted during that time. Transcription and coding have been followed by thematic analysis. Psychodynamic perspective was considered to further analyze the data. The analyses reveal a metamorphosis within the subject from denial to acceptance, from attacking and escaping from reality to protecting herself and closed ones. The global threats, the bouts of trauma and its associated impacts, however numbing and choking her previous coping mechanisms, the creative expressions and a state of ‘benign’ regression was helpful and guided her to move towards development of resilience and a successful post-traumatic growth.


Covid-19; Death anxiety; Creativity; Benign regression; Resilience; Self and object preservative drive


Somali Mukherjee, Ankana Dey, Debatree Mukherjee.‘Benign’ Regression and Creative Resilience: A Case Study during the Covid-19 Pandemic.Ann Case Rep Clin Stud. 2023;2(1):1-5.