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(1990). Meeting of the New York Psychoanalytic Society. Psychoanal Q., 59:522-523.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 59:522-523

Meeting of the New York Psychoanalytic Society

DISCUSSION: Dr. Stephen Rittenberg had several criticisms of Mme. Chasseguet-Smirgel's thesis. He questioned the importance she gave to the concept that the "pervert" wishes to "abolish reality." The wish to abolish reality is not necessarily pathological, nor its presence necessarily evidence of a thinking disturbance; for example, the wish to abolish the reality of infectious disease inspired the discoverers of antibiotics. An overall evaluation of the entire psyche is necessary for an assessment of pathology. To speak of a global wish to abolish reality as underlying social movements is questionable. Dr. Rittenberg's major criticism had to do with the evidence Mme.

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