By Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
This variation of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl's definitive biography of pioneering baby analyst Anna Freud includes—among different new features—a significant retrospective advent by way of the author.
“Young-Bruehl’s description of 1 of the main advanced yet remarkable lighting fixtures in psychoanalytic heritage has stood as a beacon to scholars of psychoanalytic heritage. it's the most sensible so much conscientiously crafted biography of any psychoanalyst and it illuminates the whole culture with a readability that in basic terms the exploration of the lifetime of the daughter of the founding father of the stream might be able to supply. it's a superbly written insightful and remarkably edifying piece of labor. the easiest has simply bought better.”
-- Peter Fonagy, Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis, collage university London
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As we might say, in the obsessionals’ symptoms, the repression of (sexual or aggressive) enjoyment has, uncannily, given way to the eroticized enjoyment of repression. Summary • Far from a wilful obscurantism, Freud’s metapsychology is based on the most advanced natural sciences of his day. • Freud contends that the psyche operates according to the “pleasure principle” with the function of keeping excitation from external sources, or internal drives, as low as possible. • Initially, the infant is wholly under sway of the pleasure principle, insured by its parents’ love against the need to develop a sense of the external world, and temper its wishes in response to it.
The onset of neurosis and psychosis accordingly involves a disturbance in the individual’s relation with reality. Yet, Freud specifies, each mental illness has two phases. It is only in the second phase of mental illnesses that the individual’s symptoms become manifest. As strange as this sounds, Freud contends that the symptoms of the mentally ill are the individual’s attempts at a cure (NP: 151). They function to maintain (in the neuroses) or to restore (in the psychoses) the individual’s relations to external reality, under the changed conditions of the illness.
Ironically enough, given the title “The Ego and the Id”, the most important development this essay introduces into Freudian metapsychology is a third psychical agency, the superego. The superego is closely aligned with the conscience of individuals. Yet it is not identical with it, despite some of Freud’s own formulations. The superego is that part of the ego which is shaped by the child’s identification with its first loveobjects – usually its parents or carers. At the most decisive point of its socialization (what Freud calls the Oedipus complex (see Chapter 2)), the child must renounce its dearest wishes concerning these figures.