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Kanzer, M. Eidelberg, L. (1960). Discussion of 'The Metapsychology of Pleasure'—I. the Structural Description of Pleasure. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 41:368-371.

(1960). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 41:368-371

Discussion of 'The Metapsychology of Pleasure'—I. the Structural Description of Pleasure

Mark Kanzer and Ludwig Eidelberg


1. Certain gaps and inconsistencies in the comparative description of pleasure and unpleasure are pointed out. The uneven development of analytic thinking with respect to these two concepts is discussed.

2. Clarity is sought by using the structural model of unpleasure (as in anxiety) for a corresponding structural model of pleasure.

3. The problem of analytic terminology is then examined in relation to structural description. The consistent usage of the terms perception, sensation, feeling, and affect (emotion), as evolved by analytic tradition, is advocated. It is also recommended that the experiences of pleasure and unpleasure by the ego, which in fact become operative signals of the reality principle, be distinguished semantically from the economic concepts embodied in the term 'pleasure principle'.

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