Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To access to IJP Open with a PEP-Web subscription…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Having a PEP-Web subscription grants you access to IJP Open. This new feature allows you to access and review some articles of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis before their publication. The free subscription to IJP Open is required, and you can access it by clicking here.

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

Wilson, E., Jr. (1986). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLV, 1981: The Anniversary and Its Magic. Jacques Cain. Pp. 1187-1197.. Psychoanal Q., 55:701.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLV, 1981: The Anniversary and Its Magic. Jacques Cain. Pp. 1187-1197.

(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:701

Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLV, 1981: The Anniversary and Its Magic. Jacques Cain. Pp. 1187-1197.

Emmett Wilson, Jr.

Cain discusses the concept of anniversary responses, utilizing the ambiguity of the French word anniversaire which also means birthday. Considering that these responses are clinical phenomena familiar to all analysts, it is surprising that Freud was little interested in them. Cain suggests that this may be linked to Freud's problems about his aging and the dates of births and deaths in his family, including his fantasies about the time of his own death. Cain emphasizes the double aspects of anniversary responses, one directed toward consciousness with the periodic ego anxiety, the other turned toward the unconscious and defined by its instinctual aspects, as well as the continuing need to deal with loss. He questions whether mourning is ever complete. The anniversary reaction may also be seen as a mechanism for healing the depression over an irreparable loss. It involves considerable ambivalence. The return of the repressed occurs, then denial sets in, and this resuscitation of the past is again plunged into forgetfulness. Anniversary responses have to do with the maintenance of memory, therefore with the mnemic trace, yet that is not the full story. Since the invention of the mystic writing pad, science now offers us many types of registrations of external aspects of past events. Still, what is psychologically more important is the condensation that occurs with the associations to the original event. We must also recognize that the anniversary response is a confrontation between the mnemic trace and reality. It is sometimes so real a confrontation that the stimulus barrier has difficulty carrying out its function, and the birthday or anniversary may be the occasion of dangerous acting out.


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.
- 701 -

Article Citation

Wilson, E., Jr. (1986). Revue Française De Psychanalyse. XLV, 1981. Psychoanal. Q., 55:701

Copyright © 2017, 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.