By Haute, Philippe van; Freud, Sigmund; Geyskens, Tomas; Lacan, Jacques
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This is Dora’s secret, which she wants to share with neither her doctors nor admit to herself. The claim that the link between sexuality and disgusting bodily excretions finds its origin in infantile masturbation does not contradict the concept of a hysterical disposition. On the contrary, this link is nothing other than “the enigmatic contradiction which hysteria presents, by revealing the pair of opposites by which it is characterised – exaggerated 5 atarrh is a mild inflammation of the mucous membranes.
Symptom, Trauma and Phantasy in Freud’s Analysis of Dora sexual craving and excessive aversion to sexuality” (Freud 1905b, 165). The link between Dora’s leucorrhoea (bodily excretions) and masturbation only dramatises and crystallises a pre-existing (and in itself universal) condition that lies at the heart of what Freud calls “organic repression”. Freud writes that Dora’s first trauma had no lasting effect. The disgust did not become a permanent symptom, and the trauma had little or no effect on her relationship with Herr K (Freud 1905a, 28-29).
The hysterical body is a too sharply tuned sounding board for everything that touches affective life. It is as if they struggle to cope with pent12 13 ven in the case history of the mild hysteria of Miss Lucy R. Freud posits: “It should be E understood that I do not mean by this a hysteria which is independent of any pre-existing disposition. It is probable that no such hysteria exists” (Freud & Breuer 1895a, 122). “The medical practitioner who, in his capacity as family doctor, observes the members of hysterical families at all ages will certainly be inclined to regard this disposition as lying in an excess rather than in a defect” (Freud & Breuer 1895a, 240) .
A non-oedipal psychoanalysis? : a clinical anthropology of hysteria in the work of Freud and Lacan by Haute, Philippe van; Freud, Sigmund; Geyskens, Tomas; Lacan, Jacques