By June Rathbone (auth.)
Are dominance and submission inevitable in human relationships? Believing that sadomasochism is changing into an ever extra evident phenomenon in constructed international locations, the writer surveyed forty eight self-declared sadomasochists (43 male, five lady) and 35 controls (26 male, nine lady) that allows you to elicit info on early kinfolk relationships, morale, and sexual habit and fable; she additionally seems to be on the philosophy of masochism and its destructive effects.
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Freud repeatedly used the metaphor of the negative and the positive of one and the same picture to convey the relation of a neurosis to a perversion: "neuroses are, so to say, the negative of perversions" (1905, p. 165). How do these "older, primary processes, the residues of a phase of development in which they were the only kind of mental process" (Freud, 1911, p. 219) become evident? In suspensions of logic, puzzling ellipses, glaring yet unperceived contradictions, bizarre associations which are meaningful only in the unconscious of the masochist (Lenzer, 1975).
470). "These internalized identifications form the core of the female superego. Such a resolution is optimal though perhaps infrequent" (p. 472), Lax concludes. Twenty years previously Novick & Novick (1972) looked, not like Lax at adults, but at 111 children, both boys and girls, attending Anna Freud's Hampstead (North London) Clinic. Beating wishes in the anal phase and beating games in the phallic phase appeared universally but fantasies only in a few and with the onset of the latency period.
We are tempted to call the pleasure principle the watchman over our life rather than merely over our mental life" (Freud, 1924a, p. 159). At last, an adequate statement about the phenomenon of masochism. Not that it is a perversion, a sexual deviation amongst other curious deviations, but that it is grossly and fundamentally abnormal. It is contra naturam, because it opposes the pleasure-unpleasure principle. There would surely be few psychologists who would wish to dispute the primacy of this principle.
Anatomy of Masochism by June Rathbone (auth.)