Sadism and Masochism: The Psychology of Hatred and Cruelty - Vol. 1

Sadism and Masochism: The Psychology of Hatred and Cruelty - Vol. 1

Sadism and Masochism: The Psychology of Hatred and Cruelty - Vol. 1

Sadism and Masochism: The Psychology of Hatred and Cruelty - Vol. 1

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Orthodox "psychoanalysis" has surrendered itself almost entirely to metaphysical speculation. The practicing physician who reads its works obtains but a negative value from them. He is more confused than enlightened. The attempts to explain the various disorders of the instincts and emotions which afflict the human mind through the theories of the libido and the dragging in of the "birth trauma" may be looked upon as having failed.

In contrast to the "medical fantasts," I confine myself to the clear and unequivocal results of my investigation. I do not claim that I have completely solved the perplexing problem of sadomasochism. But I hope that I have come a good bit on the way. I am a foe of mystic speculation and hate constructions which have arisen at the parliamentary table. For me science and clarity are identical concepts. Science is not the work of fantasy, but the confirmation of facts.

The present volume was originally planned to embrace a larger material, but was later reduced. While the nonanalytic reader may complain of the "wearisome" length of my case histories, the working analyst will want actually detailed analyses. I have therefore to satisfy both desires. I have tried to reproduce as exactly as possible my analyses with limitation of the secondary material and especially to present the analytic discoveries in the process of their coming to light. The literature concerning sadomasochistic disorders is extraordinarily abundant. But it consists always of descriptive works; only meager reference is made to psychogenesis and character development, influence of environment and social conditions; for the most part these are quite neglected. I have sought in this study to give my readers an insight into the origin of such a paraphilia. The results obtained, which often lead to new conclusions, show the great advance of scientific knowledge through the analytic technic.

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