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Sexual States of Mind by Donald Meltzer

By Donald Meltzer

This publication demands a reappraisment of our complete view of human nature. Meltzer sees sexuality now not as an urge for food, yet as a substitute as a facet if identification that constructions the character itself, take place in infantile, grownup, or perverse states of brain.

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Sexual States of Mind

This ebook demands a reappraisment of our complete view of human nature. Meltzer sees sexuality now not as an urge for food, yet as an alternative as a side if id that constructions the character itself, show up in infantile, grownup, or perverse states of brain.

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P. 25. From Pain-and-Fear to Love-and-Pain 31 same sex, as an internal figure which functioned as a conscience. His studies of disorders more serious than hysteria, such as obsessional neurosis, manic-depressive states and schizophrenia had shown him that they involved very severe disturbances of this structure, the super-ego, especially in the form of its being excessively harsh, even savagely murderous. But since these illnesses did not seem to appear until later childhood in the case of obsessions or adolescence in the case of schizophrenia, he concluded that the alterations of the super-ego occurred at these later times.

From her work with young children, and later with very ill adults, Melanie Klein concluded that the war between love and hate and between good and evil commences at birth or shortly thereafterthat the pain and fear, and the rage which accompanies them, threaten the infant's desire to live to an extent which is a serious threat to its ability, in fact, to survive. If it is to survive in a reasonably healthy way, it must deal with this terrible state by a mechanism called splitting, whereby it divides itself and its objects most severely into idealised "good" and persecuting "bad" segments.

She used to repeat this whole process whenever she made an attack on me. It corresponded in every detail with the way she had behaved in bed when, at a time when she was not yet two, she had been overtaken by very severe night terrors. At that time, too, she had run into her parents' bedroom again and again at night without being able to say what it was she wanted. Analysis showed that her wetting and dirtying herself were attacks upon her parents copulating with each other, and in this way removed the symptom.

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