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Hinsie, L.E. (1926). Psychoanalysis and Heaven. Psychoanal. Rev., 13(4):444-460.

(1926). Psychoanalytic Review, 13(4):444-460

Psychoanalysis and Heaven

Leland E. Hinsie, M.D.

He read a profusion of literature on sexual matters. He reread one book in particular—on incest. “I had surmised for some time before that incest was one of the biggest factors in me, and when I read the book I was convinced of it. It clarified my own troubles. But I was certain that I could never do any more than carry out a substitute for it and I knew I was safe at that.” In point of cognizance of his fundamental drive, Michael was like John. But the former accepted his problems with a keener understanding of their origin and course, and determined to put a check upon them, lest they become public and lead to conflict with the law. At the same time he was willing to pay for his sins with a jail sentence if information did not reach his home. In other words, he refused to pent his troubles in a psychological jail, which would, of course, give rise to a concealed form of mental or physical activity (a neurosis). On the other hand, John was in constant turmoil in the effort to subdue his incestuous ideas.

In a moment of deliberation, however, Michael made a final stand to frustrate his inner cravings. He had met and become infatuated with a girl of his age. The maternal imago spurred him on to this union, for, as he said, “she had all the characteristics of my mother; she was kind and tender, good of heart. Like Henry VIII I like fat women. Showing me a pair of nice fat legs is like showing a bull red. I am immediately overcome by an irrepressible desire to follow in her wake. I am overcome by the desire to take this piece of flesh to some corner and calmly pat away my troubles.” He married the girl after a brief courtship and with equal haste left her. They had been married only twelve days, when he left her in London, he coming to America. He rationalized that she was not of hi? intellectual class. He longed for a quiet, peaceful, home life, in which he would be given complete freedom to pursue his studies. He did not want a fickle woman, who disturbed him by kissing and coddling.

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