Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To quickly return to the issue’s Table of Contents from an article…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can go back to to the issue’s Table of Contents in one click by clicking on the article title in the article view. What’s more, it will take you to the specific place in the TOC where the article appears.

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

Sandler, E.H. Giovannetti, M.d. (2005). Freud and Jung today: Oedipus and symbolisation. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 86(2):535-537.

(2005). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 86(2):535-537

Freud and Jung today: Oedipus and symbolisation

Reported by:
Ester Hadassa Sandler

Moderator Marcio de Freitas Giovannetti

The re-establishment of the dialogue between Freudians and Jungians, 90 years after the last participation of Jung in an IPA Congress, has been saluted as a significant sign not just for its historic character or for reviewing our past. Its importance resides mainly in the perspective of scientific exchange that it inaugurates. The common clinical basis, the case of Amalie X, has enabled a better definition of the points of contact and divergence between the two schools of thought.

Murray Stein discussed the two areas in which Jung and Freud disagreed theoretically. The first concerns the centrality of the Oedipus complex and the role of sexuality. He stated that for Jung the incest wish was seen as a general wish to remain a child or to return to a blissful state of mind that childhood represents in the psyche. It has little to do with a specifically sexual wish to be involved with one's mother or father, brother or sister.

The second point was the importance of the symbolisation processes in the integration and fluency of the psychic processes and the different conception of the symbol for the school of analytic psychology.

Through Amalie, he exemplified the difference between symbol and sign: if the analyst's head were a concrete reference to the penis we would be facing a signal, something that simply substitutes something known. Considering the vague character, somewhat undefined and mysterious, that the analyst's head had for the patient, Stein suggested that as a symbol it would point to something also multifaceted and undefined as the ‘conscience’, being a feasible way for Amalie to express what she needed from the analyst; something that could help her change her attitude in relation to life and her body integrating her feminine aspects and reaching the sense of totality that Jung has called Self.

[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.