Origins and Genesis - Psychoanalysis. T. 1. Freudianism and neo-Freudianism

Origins and Genesis

There are fantasies, called the fruit of a sick imagination, irrepressible desires existing under the huge spread wings of the goddess Aidos (Shyness). To expose them means to die with shame. It is these nightly secrets that make us the most vulnerable, our hesitations, shy confessions and confessions to a close friend, a priest, an analyst or even an occasional interlocutor - this is the most intimate that we can communicate about ourselves. And at the same time, they break out of the depth from which we can endlessly extract insights and awareness.

This is exposing yourself and for yourself, this close and attentive look differs from narcissism. With the image of Narcissus, lovingly and drearily looking at his reflection in the mirror of the stream, there is not a sense of shame arising when you see yourself and when you realize that others see you. The ambivalence of shame does not exacerbate us on the shore of the stream, but causes us all kinds of feelings of conflict and confusion.

The burning flame of shame of masochism resists the cold moisture of narcissism, and this contradicts the traditional view of masochism as a phenomenon associated with narcissism and psychological immaturity. Psychoanalysis, following Freud, viewed masochism as a negative version of the child's archetype, seeing in it childlike irresponsibility, inhibited development, infantile sexuality, and the impossibility of reconciling the Ego with parental requirements in the form of conflict with Super Ego.

If we agree with Freud that the basis of masochism is laid down in childhood in a state of incomplete development, then we must predict that masochism leads to the development of a complete personality in adulthood. Possession of the ability to paradox and ambivalence, as well as the ability to experience the most incredible overlap, are characteristic only for maturity. These qualities, internally constituting the experiences of masochism, go beyond the bounds of children's irreconcilable conflicts. The masochism of a mature adult can be a constant withering process of transition from a calm, unobtrusive sense of the Ego to a feeling of guilt to the hot and dry feeling of the shame hidden in the soul. From each masochistic experience remains a handful of ashes, stored in the deepest and hidden part of the soul, in its history and its memory, and each of these dried, conserved experiences can be sifted again and again.

If a narcissistic personality is spending his eternal youth by a stream drowning in love, the masochist reaches maturity, passing through the fire, burning and getting deep scars from burns. His damp narcissistic identities evaporate in the flames of shame and humiliation, his delusional fantasies of strength, purity and beauty turn into a small handful of ashes.

At least, Lin Cohen believes, in one sense it is the ability to awareness that makes it possible to establish the opposite of masochism and narcissism. The narcissistic personality does not realize the essence of his self, reflected in the water, and therefore does not realize to what extent its own soul is reflected. Reflections on the surface of the water, foggy thoughts, sentimental foolishness, - all these narcissistic features give only a superficial reflection of the overall picture.

But the mirror image - the favorite method of masochists - is precise, clear and is realized thanks to mercury, an alchemical element that symbolizes psychological reflection. Such a mirror reflects the depth without distortion. It gives him both genuine pleasure and genuine humiliation: gloom and cravings can be shameful, but at least they are as essential as the earth itself is, and are its own.

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