Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To zoom in or out on PEP-Web…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Are you having difficulty reading an article due its font size? In order to make the content on PEP-Web larger (zoom in), press Ctrl (on Windows) or ⌘Command (on the Mac) and the plus sign (+). Press Ctrl (on Windows) or ⌘Command (on the Mac) and the minus sign (-) to make the content smaller (zoom out). To go back to 100% size (normal size), press Ctrl (⌘Command on the Mac) + 0 (the number 0).

Another way on Windows: Hold the Ctrl key and scroll the mouse wheel up or down to zoom in and out (respectively) of the webpage. Laptop users may use two fingers and separate them or bring them together while pressing the mouse track pad.

Safari users: You can also improve the readability of you browser when using Safari, with the Reader Mode: Go to PEP-Web. Right-click the URL box and select Settings for This Website, or go to Safari > Settings for This Website. A large pop-up will appear underneath the URL box. Look for the header that reads, “When visiting this website.” If you want Reader mode to always work on this site, check the box for “Use Reader when available.”

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Abrams, S. (1981). Insight—The Teiresian Gift. Psychoanal. St. Child, 36:251-270.

(1981). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 36:251-270

Insight—The Teiresian Gift

Samuel Abrams, M.D.

WHEN HIS KINGDOM WAS BESET WITH "PLAGUE AND PYRE," OEDIPUS was advised that the curse would be lifted only if the unknown assassin of his predecessor, Laius, was revealed and punished. He summoned to his court the one man in Greece who might help him, Teiresias, "the lord clairvoyant to the lord Apollo."

After some hesitation based on consideration for the king's feelings—"Now it is my misery," he noted, "then it will be yours"—the seer told the truth. Oedipus received the revelation of his guilt with rage, counteraccusation, disavowal, confusion, cries of conspiracy, and exhortations of contempt for the prophet and his alleged wisdom. He further disputed the charge of villainy by reciting the record of his past achievements; it was he, after all, who had once heroically liberated Thebes by solving the riddle of the Sphinx. When reminded of this, Teiresias repeated his accusation; this time, however, he expressed himself in an inspired way. He proposed the truth in the form of a riddle. In the course of solving it, Oedipus found his doom and his salvation (Trilling, 1967pp. 11-15).

What was the source of Teiresias's gift?

Robert Graves (1955) offers a highly condensed version of the myths accounting for the wise man's talent.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.