Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To go directly to an article using its bibliographical details…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

If you know the bibliographic details of a journal article, use the Journal Section to find it quickly. First, find and click on the Journal where the article was published in the Journal tab on the home page. Then, click on the year of publication. Finally, look for the author’s name or the title of the article in the table of contents and click on it to see the article.

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

Fenichel, O. (1929). Two Short Supplementary Notes. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 10:447-450.

(1929). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 10:447-450

Two Short Supplementary Notes

Otto Fenichel

I

THE INNER INJUNCTION TO 'MAKE A MENTAL NOTE'

In a former paper I discussed the economic meaning of 'screen-memories' in connection with a phenomenon which I called the inner injunction to 'make a mental note'. We know that the function of screen-memories is to facilitate tendentious forgetting by noting in a specially intense fashion material associated with that which is to be repressed. When children are struggling to effect repressions they have a kind of 'hunger for screen-experiences'; that is, when they experience anything which they can use as a screen-memory they sometimes feel a kind of inner injunction: 'You must make a note of that!' They obey this injunction, and this enables them to forget something else. I gave two examples of this, and I can now add a third, which is particularly clear.

A certain patient recollected that one day, when he was a child, he determined to 'test his memory' by resolving 'for ever to remember' something. This idea occurred to him suddenly as he was out walking and saw an advertisement of a kind of margarine called 'Palmona' or 'Palmin'. He made up his mind that he would never forget this advertisement.

Margarine is a substitute for butter. In association to this the patient thought of a song which he used to sing as a child, though he thought it was not a 'nice' song. The words were: 'My mother always smears the butter on the wall'. At home they always ate butter—never margarine, and it was always impressed on his mind as a child that they had only the very best butter.

[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 © 2019, 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.