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Chasseguet-Smirgel, J. (1989). Reflextions on some Thought Disorders in non-Psychotic Patients. Certain Disturbances of Thinking in Individuals and Groups. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 12(1):5-21.

(1989). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 12(1):5-21

Reflextions on some Thought Disorders in non-Psychotic Patients. Certain Disturbances of Thinking in Individuals and Groups

Janine Chasseguet-Smirgel

By grouping various elements from my previous studies, I shall try to develop in this paper a few hypotheses concerning an aspect of thought disorders that are found in certain non-psychotic patients. The full extent of these disturbances only really becomes apparent in the analytic situation. At the same time, upon closer examination, it is possible to discover similarities with certain collective phenomena in which thought disorders play a part.

In my studies on perversion, I emphasized the pervert's wish to abolish reality, a wish which, in my opinion, is related to the existence of differences. The real world is a universe of heterogeneous fabric. Time can be represented as the gap between the appearance of a need and its satisfaction. Space implies the acknowledgement of differences in localization between the points composing it. One difference to which I have given particular importance, since it provides us with a good illustation of how differences stand in the way of wish-fulfillment, is the difference between sexes and generations. The young of the human species is born in a premature state. The infant's sexual desire for the woman who bore him appears long before the physiological capacity to satisfy her and to give her a child. This is the father's prerogative. Apart from being forbidden, human incest is first an impossibility. Of course, I am referring here to the early phase in which the Oedipal wish appears; and the incestuous fantasy is never complete without the wish to procreate, i.e.,

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