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Alienation in Perversions by Masud Khan

By Masud Khan

Perversions and borderline states have been, unintentionally of destiny, Masud Khan's leader preoccupation in his scientific paintings over the past 3 a long time of his existence. In an previous quantity, The privateness of the Self, he offered what he known as the typical and personal crystallization of his event along with his sufferers and lecturers; particularly, within the latter class, Anna Freud, John Rickman and D.W. Winnicott. during this later booklet he's taking his cue from Freud who, as he says, clinically determined the ailment of Western Judaeo-Christian cultures when it comes to "the individual alienated from himself".Masud Khan's uncomplicated argument, succinctly said in his Preface, is that "the pervert places an impersonal item among his hope and his associate. This item could be a stereotype myth, a equipment or a pornographic photo. All 3 alienate the pervert from himself, as, lamentably, from the thing of desire".With its wealth of scientific and theoretical insights, Masud Khan's Alienation in Perversions makes an important contribution to our realizing of perversion formation. Its effect extends a ways past the personal self-discipline of psychoanalysis, for the topic explored is one that happens broadly in glossy lifestyles and literature. The concluding bankruptcy on pornography makes the purpose tellingly.

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I t is typical of these mothers that during the latency period they were compelled to involve the child i n con­ fidences relating to their husbands. T h i s actual existence of parental conflict, a n d the young child's incapacity to sort its reality from 37 ALIENATION IN PERVERSIONS personal phantasies, complicated and confused their Oedipus complex. T h e i r mothers also had a way of making out their i n ­ dispensability and exclusiveness for the child through precipitately dealing with every distress or stress situation.

I t is the mother's incapacity to ad­ minister 'doses of life experience' (Fries, 1946) that are phase­ adequate for the child that causes this ego-distortion. I t is one of the consequences of this inconsistency that a pre­ cocious ego-development takes place, leading to a precocious identification with the mother on a mental level (cf. James, 1960). Contemporaneously a body-ego exploitation of a more auto-erotic primitive bond with the mother is sustained. I have advisedly used the term 'auto-erotic' because the emphasis remains on getting pleasurable satisfaction from the mother while she continues to be disregarded as an object.

She identifies with the child's phallic development (be it a boy or a girl) and over-invests it with ego-interest. T h e child becomes her phallus. I t is a seduction which is very difficult for these children to fight off because it offers a magical solution to their interpsychic conflicts. e. a fusion of omnipotent breast and omnipotent phallus (Greenacre, 1960ft). T h i s breast-phallus henceforth functions as a secret mental fetish (if I may coin a loose phrase) and is the source of a great deal of paranoid negativity and inability to surrender to true object­ relationships (Greenacre, 1953a).

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