Castration (Ideas in Psychoanalysis) by Ivan Ward

By Ivan Ward

From model to soccer, in our goals and epiphanies, via jealous rages and moments of genius, the results of castration anxiousness, so claims Ivan Ward, are ever-present. Freud's well-known 'castration advanced' is met with always in analytic event. but it sort of feels an out of this world notion. Taking his facts from fantasy, medical perform and the sexual theories of kids, Freud validated the castration advanced as one of many identifying components of human sexual wish and character improvement. principles in Psychoanalysis maintains to head the place no different books dare Expertly written by means of the sequence editor, Ivan Ward Ask your Faber rep approximately additional savings for bulk buys with rules sequence

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Boys spend hours kicking a ball from foot to foot to keep it from the ground, or shooting demons and monsters in video games. 54 MASTURBATION FANTASIES Cricket genius Don Bradman found such an activity in his youth. He would spend countless hours of solitary practice hitting a ball against the garden wall of his family home in New South Wales, making the task more difficult for himself by hitting a golf ball with a cricket stump. Bradman’s repetitive ritual, like my own and countless others’ at the same age, was a substitute for masturbation.

Scalpels cut into flesh in glorious technicolour and graphic close up. Neither of these images make me feel giddy and nauseous. Even scenes of castration (In the Realm of the Senses) or the threat of castration (Mississippi Burning) do not produce such an effect. It must have been 47 CASTRATION something to do, not with the image, but the ‘idea’ of the scene. Given the theme of genital mutilation it must have been the experience of castration anxiety that rose from the unconscious to overwhelm me.

Rather than the ‘central experience’ of childhood, castration was only an aspect of this more general fear which applies equally to men and women. Despite these admirable democratic intentions, Jones undermines his argument by citing the case of an obsessional young man. ’41 Jones is the first to admit that the unconscious does not deal in abstractions, and in the stories we have heard so far it is the concrete, imagistic language which gives them their impact – bananas and cream, bums and big noses, mouldy gorgonzola.

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