Masochism

Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

The study of the legend of Tristan and Iseult in terms of the multiple fantasies it might express adds to our understanding of the psychology of love. In a previous paper (1975), I delineated, via allusion to the Tristan legend, the romantic-erotic conditions sometimes involved in creativity. In this one, I have approached the question of love from the other direction and have tried to delineate the creative-adaptive conditions required for integrating the experiences of loving and being in love.

Author(s): 
Gediman, H. K.
Publication Title: 
Archives of Psychiatric Nursing

The term masochism has undergone an evaluation since first being introduced solely in relation to sexual perversion by Kraft Ebing in 1906. Masochism can be defined as any behavior that is repetitively self destructive. Relationships in which partners sacrifice themselves and their own best interests can be considered masochistic. There is a difference between a normal pattern of falling in love and a masochistic pattern. The concept of pathological infatuation or what this author has termed the Blue Angel syndrome is presented.

Author(s): 
Bruno, C. A.
Publication Title: 
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

The causes of therapist-patient sex are complex and multidetermined. Efforts to understand why psychotherapists transgress sexual boundaries are hampered by the lure of reductionism and oversimplification. Most of those who examine this issue would prefer to categorize all such therapists as "bad" and "corrupt" as a way of distancing themselves and disavowing any similarities between these therapists and themselves.

Author(s): 
Gabbard, G. O.
Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Volumes have been written about the patient's love for the therapist, but there has been relatively little discussion of the therapist's love for the patient.

Author(s): 
Novick, J.
Novick, K. K.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis

In this paper, the author works with the awareness that perversion is a socially, historically and theologically loaded term, at the same time as it may be the latest frontier in psychoanalysis, both clinically, and in relation to contemporary art and culture which emphasize the perverse.

Author(s): 
Stein, Ruth
Publication Title: 
Psychoanalytic Review

Even an originally revolutionary movement like psychoanalysis can become conservative and can take refuge, at last, in reactionary acquiescence. Many revolutionary minds, fighters of yesterday, are tired and now rest their cause on dogmas and preconceived ideas. The progress of science does not tolerate such refuge. The shape of psychoanalysis around the year 2000 of our era will be very different from the concept of the New York Psychoanalytical Society of 1945.

Author(s): 
Kernberg, Otto F.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis

This paper is a meditation on the potential and problems of establishing and maintaining loving and passionate relationships, drawn from a lifetime of struggling with these issues in the course of doing analysis. It describes interferences with the capacity for mature sexual love as reflecting various psychopathological conditions. These limitations include a variety of psychological restrictions determined most frequently by masochistic, narcissistic and paranoid personality features. Clinical case material illustrates both mature and disturbed capability for love relations.

Author(s): 
Kernberg, Otto F.
Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

The psychoanalytic literature on altruism is sparse, although much has been written on this topic from a sociobiological perspective. Freud (1917) first described the concept in "Libido Theory and Narcissism." In 1946 Anna Freud coined the term "altruistic surrender" to describe the psychodynamics of altruistic behavior in a group of inhibited individuals who were neurotically driven to do good for others.

Author(s): 
Seelig, B. J.
Rosof, L. S.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

The increased need for organs has led to greater acceptance of stranger or unrelated kidney donation. This broadening of the donor pool introduces challenges to the evaluation of such donors. Questions are raised regarding the obligation of an evaluator to explore the depth of the donor's intentions. The concept of altruism is explored as well as its impact on the consent process.

Author(s): 
Baskin, Joseph H.
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Psychoanalysis

Noting that the topic of sacrifice has remained largely unaddressed in psychoanalytic literature, the authors offer a discussion of it. Their elucidation of sacrifice opens with the definition and etymology of the word and moves on to the place of sacrifice in various religious traditions.

Author(s): 
Akhtar, Salman
Varma, Archana

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