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Freiman, G. (1961). Meeting of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. Psychoanal Q., 30:478-479.

(1961). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 30:478-479

Meeting of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York

Gerald Freiman

DISCUSSION: Dr. Max Schur noted that the main difference between the creative artist or 'fetish maker' and the fetishist is that the latter, with a fully developed perversion, is usually a rigid, stereotyped, unimaginative individual who is restricted in his autonomous ego functions. He refers to the 'hallucinatory wish fulfilment' as a prototype of the creative imagination, and points out that curiosity, motivated by the wish to discover the 'secrets' of the origin and fate of life, is a supreme stimulus in creative imagination. He constructed the following formulation: the fetishist uses the fetish for its defensive function to retain his phallic sexuality for autoplastic purposes. The 'fetish builder' who has to satisfy his curiosity becomes an alloplastic creator utilizing some autonomous functions. It is understandable that men are more strongly motivated in this than women. Dr. Schur also brought up the mystery of death and proposed that the 'fetish builder' in his creation of 'immortality' denies death; again this is more strongly motivated in man who cannot give birth and needs more assurance of the continuity of life.

Dr. Joseph Coltrera explored an alternate insight by considering a more primitive level of object relations, namely, the introjective-projective phase that precedes the distinction between self and object.

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