By Thomas Freeman

This booklet offers an account of the chequered process foreign psychoanalysis during the last a hundred years, with a lucid severe therapy of the most important theoretical advancements, illustrated via scientific examples drawn from the author's personal colossal event.

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I n the case of dream hallucination and the hallucinations of psychoses, the cathexes, no longer bound as result of the partial or complete dis­ solution of the secondary process, follow a backward course (topographic regression, Freud, 1900a) within the mental appara­ tus to its perceptual end, where they revive auditory and visual memory traces of real events that return as perceptions. The disor­ der of logical, conceptual thought is a consequence of the cathexes reviving the mental representation of words and things i n such a w a y as to lead to substitute formations and condensations.

The former was a constant source of resistance, not least in the sphere of sexual­ ity. Illustrative was a transference dream in which he mastur­ bates and leaves the tissue with which he cleaned up in the bed. Mother would find it much to his shame and annoyance. This dream led to his disclosing how difficult it was for h i m to reveal his sexual phantasies. H i s identification with his mother, who had suffered from a depressive illness for as long as he could re­ member, resolved into its component object relationships i n the transference.

The psychological ego (the self) had the potential for ag­ gression in the service of that aim quite apart from its functions as a repressing, censoring, and critical agency. A modification of this theory became necessary in the light of phenomena that required for their explanation the hypothesis of a transposition of libido (sexual instincts) between self and objects (introversion of the li­ bido i n the neuroses; withdrawal of libido in the psychoses). A n original ego libido had to be postulated (Freud, 1914c).

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