Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To access “The Standard Edition” of Freud’s work…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can directly access Strachey’s The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud through the Books tab on the left side of the PEP-Web screen.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Bergler, E. (1953). Proust and the “Torture-Theory” of Love. Am. Imago, 10(3):265-288.

(1953). American Imago, 10(3):265-288

Proust and the “Torture-Theory” of Love

Edmund Bergler, M.D.

We pick out in love only those who are capable of satisfying our senses and agonizing our hearts.

Marcel Proust

To go through a “Proust period” has become a prerequisite for the half-intelligentsia everywhere. What the poor readers get out of their wearisome period of indoctrination in Proust's modern classic is another matter. Officially, they dutifully admire; unofficially, they are bored. In general, they retain a vague feeling or impression, which might be characterized by the title of the fifteen-volume work, REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST, an unprecise translation of the original title, A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU. The vague feeling is focused on one or more of the details used by Proust as significant vehicles for his recollections; perhaps on the triad: madeleine soaked in herb tea, two uneven paving stones, a starched napkin. These net gains from diligent reading march hand in hand with a certain element of self-reproach aroused by the book. “Too few recollections of my own,” one female patient complained. She had been looking through the window of my waiting room, and remarked, while walking into the appointment room, “If I were Proust, I could take that look at the park as my point of departure and tell you my whole past.” There was no irony in her statement; she made it with an air of deep regret, as though apologizing for her lack of “psychological refinement.”

To

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.