quinta-feira, 11 de novembro de 2010

Only a Woman's Hair

Only a Woman's Hair

«The delusional formation, which we take to be the pathological product, is in reality an attempt at recovery, a process of reconstruction. Such a reconstruction after the catastrophe is successful to a greater or lesser extent, but never wholly so; in Schreber’s words, there has been a ‘profound internal change’ in the world. But the human subject has recaptured a relation, and often a very intense one, to the people and things in the world, even though the relation is a hostile one now, where formerly it was hopefully affectionate. We may say, then, that the process of repression proper consists in a detachment of the libido from people – and things – that were previously loved. It happens silently; we receive no intelligence of it, but can only infer it from subsequent events. What forces itself so noisily upon our attention is the process of recovery, which undoes the work of repression and brings back the libido again on to the people it had abandoned»
Freud, in ‘Psychoanalytic Notes On An Autobiographical Account Of A Case Of Paranoia’

© Dan Estabrook, from the series Nine Symphtons, 2004

Laura Nadar

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