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Riggall, R.M. (1923). Clinical: James Young. Study of a Severe Case of Obsessional Neurosis. British Journal of Psychology (Medical Section), 1921, Vol. I, p. 135.. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 4:163-163.
    
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Clinical: James Young. Study of a Severe Case of Obsessional Neurosis. British Journal of Psychology (Medical Section), 1921, Vol. I, p. 135.

(1923). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 4:163-163

Clinical: James Young. Study of a Severe Case of Obsessional Neurosis. British Journal of Psychology (Medical Section), 1921, Vol. I, p. 135.

R. M. Riggall

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The author describes a case presenting an obsessive desire to urinate at inconvenient times, the prevention of which desire would cause ejaculatio seminis. The study is undertaken on Jung's lines. The author regards the desire to micturate as an expression of power, the libido being summoned too soon. This psychological hurry is a will to dominate every situation and is regarded as an emotional over-value. When the patient desired to meet a situation his available energy expressed itself through the organic channel as urinary or seminal discharge. His libido was short-circuited, the higher psychological paths being insufficiently canalized and resulting in inadequate expression. The inferior function of feeling remains inferior because the restricted family life hinders its development. Auto-erotism has developed with a well organized intellectual system and become a 'Will to Power'. The author has called this the superior function, it results in what Jung has called 'God-Almightiness'. The method by which the inferior function was made a conscious adapted function is described. The patient orientates his sexuality and is thus delivered from his compulsive micturition. 'After six months analysis all sexual repressions had been brought into consciousness.' A dream of playing the piano faster and more freely than ever before is quoted as an example of the idea of greater compass and range, and is the unconscious representation of the potentiality for canalization of the crude psychological mass which the author calls the inferior function. He considers that as masturbation had almost ceased during analysis, there is no repression on which the genesis of the dream depends, according to the Freudian hypothesis, therefore it does not refer to the sexual history and the past, but to the psychological potentiality and the future. It is assumed that the Freudian interpretation would reduce this dream to a repressed masturbation complex. The article concludes with an explanation of the aetiology of obsessions according to Jung and emphasises the view that because all sexual repressions had been brought into consciousness in six months, it was justifiable to consider the enlargement of the obsessive field beyond the purely sexual.

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Riggall, R.M. (1923). Clinical. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 4:163-163

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