By Masud Khan
Perversions and borderline states have been, unintentionally of destiny, Masud Khan's leader preoccupation in his scientific paintings over the past 3 many years of his existence. In an past quantity, The privateness of the Self, he offered what he known as the normal and personal crystallization of his event together with his sufferers and lecturers; particularly, within the latter class, Anna Freud, John Rickman and D.W. Winnicott. during this later ebook he is taking his cue from Freud who, as he says, clinically determined the ailment of Western Judaeo-Christian cultures when it comes to "the individual alienated from himself".Masud Khan's simple argument, succinctly said in his Preface, is that "the pervert places an impersonal item among his wish and his companion. This item could be a stereotype fable, a equipment or a pornographic snapshot. All 3 alienate the pervert from himself, as, unfortunately, from the thing of desire".With its wealth of medical and theoretical insights, Masud Khan's Alienation in Perversions makes a big contribution to our realizing of perversion formation. Its impression extends a ways past the personal self-discipline of psychoanalysis, for the topic explored is one that happens extensively in sleek existence and literature. The concluding bankruptcy on pornography makes the purpose tellingly.
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Where it always breaks down is that other conflictual elements enter the picture and distort the basic motiva tion. T h i s is why, through the analytic process, the increment of insight makes it possible to transcend beyond the repetitive hanker ing after such experiences. Just as the analytic situation and trans ference relationship cannot supply physical satisfactions which these patients in such moods absolutely crave after, similarly a mere sharing of these experiences does not lead to psychical awareness of 40 BODY-EXPERIENCES IN EGO-INTEGRATION the unconscious processes involved.
T h e concept of primary narcissism has been brought to the fore front of our metapsychological researches i n recent years through increased interest i n and knowledge of infant-care techniques on the one hand and through more intensive analyses of cases of borderline and schizoid personality disorders on the other. W h a t I offer here, by way of discussion, is extremely tentative. I n his paper on 'Narcissism' (1914c) Freud made the following two statements: 'not until there is object-cathexis is it possible to discriminate a sexual energy - the libido - from a n energy of the ego-instincts' and 'there must be something added to auto-erotism a new psychical action - i n order to bring about narcissism'.
Gitelson, 1958; Kaufman, 1960; Winnicott, 1958a). I have mentioned intolerance of anxiety and frustration by these patients a n d yet i n one particular way they show a craving for frustration. I t is related to their dread of actual satisfactions. I n the context of this type of ego-functioning and experience, any orgastic satisfaction is tantamount to annihilation. I t is a trait of this type of ego-distortion that it builds up a craving for tension. I t feeds on tension just as avidly as it is compulsively trying to discharge it.