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By Erving Polster

Erving Polster vastly expands the data and pondering at the improvement of the self. this crucial publication bargains therapists new methods of pondering, in addition to particular tactics to assist sufferers detect a robust and fit feel of self.

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Freud did sometimes think of his patients as swine, if not ninnies. ) Freud like Nietzsche did in some sense glo­ rify human instincts; but both took for granted that they were writing for aristo­ crats of the spirit who could transmute and sublimate human conflicts. Both men had in mind the rare individual who is set apart from the “ herd” ; and for Freud, this justified all sorts of arbitrary conduct on his part. He did not even feel the need to defend analyzing his daughter Anna. Yet what, after all, did he think he was doing in violating all his own technical rules?

Faced with this necessity and impossibility of sublimation, what can we do? Laplanche attempted several times in his course on sublimation to mark out the way toward making the concept intelligible. Reflecting on the instincts, and picking up on a statement of Lagache’s, he noted: [this concept of object-aim] means precisely that with regard to sexuality, the object cannot be taken separately from the phantasy where it places itself, the breast cannot be taken outside the process of incorporation-projection in which it functions.

To bring erection and limpness into the game of castra­ tion. , until it becomes impossible to evaluate anything except in terms of less and m ore” (80-81). Playing the game of castration, Freud reduces all sexual difference to a question of less and more. Like the fetishist who cannot bear the m other’s castration and substitutes another object for her missing penis in order to protect her from castration (and ultimately reassure himself that he is not castrated), Freud substitutes the clitoris for the missing penis.

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