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Apprey, M. (2014). A Pluperfect Errand: A Turbulent Return to Beginnings in the Transgenerational Transmission of Destructive Aggression. Free Associations, 15(2):16-29.

(2014). Free Associations, 15(2):16-29

A Pluperfect Errand: A Turbulent Return to Beginnings in the Transgenerational Transmission of Destructive Aggression

Maurice Apprey

In the unconscious transmission of destructive aggression from one generation to the next, an uncanny happening takes place. the present and the past become contemporaneous. the self that embodies an other's intentionality as though one were an object becomes the self-same subject that returns to oneself. This return to oneself is a topographical regression where a present state of mind and a past happening converge. What happens now shall have already happened. the return to oneself is also a structural adaptation since the infusion of the mandated project of an anterior other is driven by a change of function that acquires a secondary autonomy. Now the hitherto mandated project shall have become fixed, predictable and operates as if it were one's own. Repetition of endless returns begins to occur. the idea of a pluperfect errand illuminates how an anterior other's secret is unconsciously stored and deferred. the secret is ensconced in the subject's mental representation of the inside mother. That secret is cloistered in a psychic retreat; a claustrum, a compartment within the mental representation of the inside mother where one may seek protection and yet could potentially be endangered. the film can represent the pluperfect errand. It is the work of psychoanalysis that must reconfigure the errand within the analytic setting and design an exit from the claustrum. Film representation and the work of psychoanalysis may now be complementary projects that respectively depict and overturn the received toxic mandate.

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