Totem and Taboo

  title={Totem and Taboo},
  author={Helen Block Lewis},
Freud’s interest in the origins of guilt came relatively late in his work, as he himself acknowledged (1933). It was only after his major clinical accounts had been written that Freud undertook a study of the origins of guilt in Totem and Taboo. In his clinical papers, as well as in his books on dreams and jokes, “disgust, shame, and morality” were simply the counterforces against which sexual longings (libido) contended. Moreover, the origin of these counterforces was at first located in the… 

The snares of seduction in life and in therapy, or what do young girls (Spielrein) seek in their Aryan heroes (Jung), and vice versa? Part 1

Abstract The publication of the relationship between Sabina Spielrein and Carl Jung in 1980 gave rise to a veritable cottage industry of mythomania at the expense of historical truth. The fictions

Revisiting the crisis in Freud's libido theory and Abraham's concept of the oral‐sadistic phase as a way out of it

  • G. Dahl
  • Psychology
    The International journal of psycho-analysis
  • 2016
The author proposes the thesis that clinical observations by Karl Abraham of the ambivalence of object relations and the destructive‐sadistic aspects of orality have an important influence on the advancement of psychoanalytical theory.

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John Perceval (1803–1876), who suffered from schizophrenia, published two books on his experience, in 1836 and 1840. More than a century later, the anthropologist Gregory Bateson discovered in

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This article will review Sigmund Freud's written work on children and sexuality and will compare his theoretical position with recent criticism of psychoanalytic practice and its impact on children's

Uses of guilt in the treatment of dehumanization

  • H. Peskin
  • Psychology
    The International journal of psycho-analysis
  • 2017
A paradigm shift is proposed that reframes Freud's late instinct theory into a theory of dehumanization by recovering reparative and relational components of guilt by reforming guilt as drawing on the life instincts to revivify victims’ humanity through analytic witnessing and acknowledgment.

Remembering the Evolutionary Freud

  • A. Young
  • Psychology
    Science in Context
  • 2006
The evolutionary Freud is regarded to be a red herring, relevant only to the extent that he diverts attention from the enduring achievements of the authentic Freud, and his evolutionary theory is simply not credible.

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In the following, the status of animals as objects of indirect observation as they appear in Freud's classical texts, and in later revisionist accounts such as Otto Rank's Trauma of Birth and Imre Hermann's work on the clinging instinct are tracked.

History of a Childhood Neurosis and Its Relation to the Adult Superego

The purpose of this paper is to find meaning for the “presence of conscience” observable in the psychoanalytic setting and corresponding evidence for the origins of such ways of thinking, feeling,

Oedipus and Cain: Brothers in arms

Abstract It is widely known that Freud gives Oedipus a central place in both his psychoanalytic theory and praxis. Freud introduces the Oedipus myth as the crucial key for understanding the tragedy