Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: Books are sorted alphabetically…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

The list of books available on PEP Web is sorted alphabetically, with the exception of Freud’s Collected Works, Glossaries, and Dictionaries. You can find this list in the Books Section.

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

Waldhorn, H.H. (1955). Meetings of the New York Psychoanalytic Society. Psychoanal Q., 24:477-478.
  

(1955). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 24:477-478

Meetings of the New York Psychoanalytic Society

Herbert H. Waldhorn

November 30, 1954. THOSE WRECKED BY SUCCESS, BISEXUAL CONFLICTS, AND EGO DEFENSE. Maurits Katan, M.D.

Although successful sexual intercourse is generally believed to exert a favorable influence in the majority of neuroses, Katan states that under certain conditions it gives rise to an increase of conflict and causes damage to the ego's defensive capacities. The cases cited by Freud as being 'wrecked by success' are noted as representing the forbidding and punitive effect of a superego reaction when the success seemed equivalent to the gratification of an incestuous desire. Katan believes that when psychotic or prepsychotic symptoms have followed successful intercourse, id and ego reactions were predominantly the cause of the difficulties, rather than the effect of the superego. Successful sexual experience mobilized a constitutional id wish to become a woman, in contrast to the mechanisms operating in perversion and neurosis in which homosexuality is a defense against the positive Oedipal drives. The ego is simultaneously weakened by the loss of heterosexual drive which served as a defense against homosexual urges, and can be overwhelmed by a threat of emasculation followed by acute anxiety and delusional projections. A number of clinical studies are reviewed, including the Schreber case, to demonstrate that bisexual conflicts have been predominantly aggravated by sexual intercourse, where disturbances in the pattern of sexual functioning, including premature ejaculation, masturbation, regressive hehavior, and isolation of portions of the sexual response from the whole experience were among the defensive maneuvers used to deal with the intensified conflicts. Often there were homosexual transference situations which mobilized the particular responses noted, passive feminine wishes being experienced as the most dangerous threat to masculinity. Instances of the maintenance of erection after intercourse are examples of the denial of castration by the woman, and the denial of a passive femininity and homosexuality.

[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.