Sadism and Masochism on the Procrustean Bed of Hysteria

@article{Vleminck2016SadismAM,
  title={Sadism and Masochism on the Procrustean Bed of Hysteria},
  author={J. D. Vleminck},
  journal={Psychoanalysis and History},
  year={2016},
  volume={18}
}
  • J. D. Vleminck
  • Published 2016
  • Psychology, Sociology
  • Psychoanalysis and History
This contribution presents a reconstruction of the way the concepts of sadism and masochism were introduced and anchored in psychoanalytic metapsychology. It focuses on the first two editions of Freud's Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality. Freud's singular indebtedness to Krafft-Ebing's Psychopathia Sexualis is emphasized. Subsequently, it is argued that Freud's selective reading of Krafft-Ebing is determined by the former's model of hysteria. Hysteria functions as the Procrustean bed onto… Expand
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