A dark trace : Sigmund Freud on the sense of guilt by Herman Westerink

By Herman Westerink

Sigmund Freud, in his look for the origins of the feel of guilt in person lifestyles and tradition, frequently speaks of "reading a dismal trace," therefore touching on the Oedipus fable as a fantasy in regards to the challenge of human guilt. In Freud's view, this feeling of guilt is a hint, a direction, that leads deep into the individual's psychological nation, into youth thoughts, and into the prehistory of tradition and faith.

Herman Westerink follows this hint and analyzes Freud's suggestion at the feel of guilt as a crucial factor in his paintings, from the earliest experiences at the ethical and "guilty" characters of the hysterics, through later advanced differentiations in the inspiration of the experience of guilt, and eventually to Freud's perception of civilization's discontents and Jewish feel of guilt. The feel of guilt is a key factor in Freudian psychoanalysis, not just relating to different key strategies in psychoanalytic conception but additionally relating to Freud's debates with different psychoanalysts, together with Carl Jung and Melanie Klein

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It was in this connection that he first mentioned Oedipus, the main character in Sophocles’ tragedy.  . 202. 268. Whatever we may call it, Freud in the late 1890s subjected himself to a thorough selfscrutiny, an elaborate, penetrating, and unceasing census of his fragmentary memories, his concealed wishes and emotions. P. 97. This self-analysis was not something completely new in his life. As early as the 1880s Freud kept a dream diary, and his letters to Martha Bernays also reveal some self-analysis.

173 Idem. indd 33 15/06/09 14:37 A Dark Trace For various reasons this case appears to be a dividing line. Only after this case does Freud pay much more attention to his own role in treatment and to the dynamics of transference and counter-transference, which were gradually no longer seen as impediments but as the therapeutic remedy. For our purposes here it is more important that this led him to be more careful in his interpretations of self-reproach. After all, he had discovered that his analysis of self-reproaches and sense of guilt had not led directly to their origin.

206-212. In a text on anxiety neurosis (also from 1895) Freud argues that this specific neurosis can be distinguished from other neuroses. e. not a self-reproach) outwards. These projected excitations are then experienced as a danger causing anxiety. S. 112. 103 S. 598-604. indd 21 15/06/09 14:37 A Dark Trace Draft K from January 1896 can initially be seen as a provisional summary. 8 Moral judgements Defence against intolerable ideas is central. Some ideas are repressed, others are not. It appears that in any case they are “judged” within consciousness, but what is meant by judge?

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