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Karpman, B. (1949). A Modern Gulliver: A Study in Coprophilia. Psychoanal. Rev., 36(2):162-185.

(1949). Psychoanalytic Review, 36(2):162-185

A Modern Gulliver: A Study in Coprophilia

Ben Karpman, M.D.

Introduction

I.   Coprophilia.

1.   Faeces as Sex Stimulants.

2.   Defecation as a Pleasure.

3.   Patient's Appraisal of Yahoos. Excretion and Sex.

4.   The Food-Faeces Complex.

5.   Coprophagia; Osphresiolagnia; Ambivalence.

II.  Mysophilia and Urophilia.

III. Fetishism and Partialism.

1.   Hair Partialism.

2.   Breast Partialism.

3.   Buttock Partialism.

IV.  Homosexuality.

V.   Sadism.

VI.  Exhibitionism.

VII. Masturbation.

VIII.Paedophilia.

IX.  Zoophilia.

X.   Outstanding Emotional Reactions.

Sexual Freedom.—Inferiority.—Jealousy.

XI.  Comparison Between Our Modern Gulliver and Jonathan Swift.

XII. Summary and Conclusions.

As compared with the development of other scientific disciplines psychoanalysis has shown a marked unevenness. As one goes through its literature, it is observed that while some aspects have been rather adequately developed, other important aspects show singular gaps and very limited treatment. By and large, the theoretical predominates over the clinical and practical; we have all too many generalities and not enough of specific studies, which alone, it would seem, can provide the basis for further treatment and research. Specious discussion of intricate psychological problems is interesting enough, no doubt, but we should like to know a bit more about the mechanisms in hysteria and schizophrenia that would go beyond Freud and Abraham; as yet there is a great lack of it.

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