By Herman Westerink
Sigmund Freud, in his look for the origins of the experience of guilt in person existence and tradition, usually speaks of "reading a gloomy trace," hence touching on the Oedipus delusion as a delusion in regards to the challenge of human guilt. In Freud's view, this feeling of guilt is a hint, a course, that leads deep into the individual's psychological kingdom, into early life thoughts, and into the prehistory of tradition and faith.
Herman Westerink follows this hint and analyzes Freud's idea at the feel of guilt as a critical factor in his paintings, from the earliest stories at the ethical and "guilty" characters of the hysterics, through later advanced differentiations in the proposal of the experience of guilt, and at last to Freud's belief of civilization's discontents and Jewish experience of guilt. The experience of guilt is a key factor in Freudian psychoanalysis, not just on the subject of different key suggestions in psychoanalytic thought but in addition in terms of Freud's debates with different psychoanalysts, together with Carl Jung and Melanie Klein
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Hysterics are not people who easily succumb to the pressure of their environment. On the contrary, hysterics are strong people, ambitious, bellicose, stubborn, etc. 164. 269. 270. 116. Lucy R. was treated by Freud in 1892. Gay mentions that Freud owed a great deal to patients like Elisabeth von R. : “by 1892, Freud had assembled the outlines of psychoanalytic technique: close observation, apt interpretation, free association unencumbered by hypnosis, and working through”. P. 73. 87 J. Breuer, S.
S. 33. 133 A late example of repression as a not-wanting-to-know is found in a text from 1898: “hysterical people do not know what they do not want to know”. S. 296. 134 S. 170. 174. indd 26 15/06/09 14:37 Chapter 1. 9 In April 1896 Freud expounded his seduction theory to the Viennese Society for Psychiatry and Neurology, run by Krafft-Ebing. Sexual acts from childhood are harmful and traumatic. When sexuality really develops in puberty the earlier (experiential) memories can become unbearable.
257. 161 At the very moment that “the rabble” gained power, he returned to the notion of culture as suffering and made, in fact, a minor plea for refinement. 163 There must have been, for example, an enormous amount of child abuse according to his seduction theory. He realized that truth and fiction are difficult to differentiate and that seduction cannot be proven. Additionally, it appeared that the hypothesized primal seduction was often not retrievable, it was too deeply repressed. 164 He gave his seduction theory up, although he did not give up his suspicion the middleclass fathers.