Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: You can request more content in your language…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Would you like more of PEP’s content in your own language? We encourage you to talk with your country’s Psychoanalytic Journals and tell them about PEP Web.

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

Hadzianesti, N. (1989). Erlenmeyer, A. ‘Das kannabalische Phantasma—eine Annaherung’ (Cannibalistic fantasy—an appraisal). Analytische Psychologie, 19, 1988.. J. Anal. Psychol., 34(3):291.

(1989). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 34(3):291

Erlenmeyer, A. ‘Das kannabalische Phantasma—eine Annaherung’ (Cannibalistic fantasy—an appraisal). Analytische Psychologie, 19, 1988.

Review by:
Nellie Hadzianesti

Erlenmeyer sees cannibalistic, destructive fantasies as regressive phenomena surfacing particularly at times of separation, when an established psychic or world order is threatened by chaos. He divides his paper into five parts.

In part one, ‘Associations’, he presents a collection of world-wide newspaper cuttings, where cannibalistic fantasies (for example, eating versus being eaten) are quite transparent, especially at times of tension between nations; also in news describing the ever-increasing organ transplant trade.

In part two he concentrates on the time of America's discovery. He uses splitting and projection to explain the ensuing conqueror's mentality, when set against a new and therefore threatening, order of the world, one that is ‘paradisaical’ and can give rise to envy and possibly hatred of the colonialist's own repressive home upbringing. It is then precisely those negative feelings that must be controlled and subjugated ‘over there’, leading to the white man's exploitative and destructive ‘cannibalising’ of the native man.

Part three he calls ‘Actual cannibalism’, though he regrets not being able to include more anthropological and ethnological material, for lack of space. He is aware of the work of mourning in himself while working through his theme.

In part four he goes through psychoanalytic writings, starting with Freud's essay, ‘Totem and taboo’, where the brothers, having killed the original father, proceed to the communal feast.

[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.