Sadism and Masochism: The Psychology of Hatred and Cruelty - Vol. 2

Sadism and Masochism: The Psychology of Hatred and Cruelty - Vol. 2

Sadism and Masochism: The Psychology of Hatred and Cruelty - Vol. 2

Sadism and Masochism: The Psychology of Hatred and Cruelty - Vol. 2

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The human hand is the hand of a child; it grasps only recklessly to destroy. It strews the land with wreckage. And what it holds will never be its own!

WILHELM RAABE.

A second fantasy beside the fantasy "A child is being beaten" plays a great rôle: A woman is being carried.

The fantasy appears with many variations. The masochistic man revels in the idea that he is compelled to carry a heavy woman until he almost breaks down under the burden. The sadistic woman may manifest the same wish as a token of her domination and the complete subjection of the man. More rarely one imagines that one is carrying a child, or in association with zoanthropic ideas there is identification of oneself with a riding animal. The woman in riding clothes with a riding whip belongs to the last-named fantasy.

I will mention on this occasion the not unusual identification of a man with a dog which is harshly treated by a woman. This idea, too, may find outlet in the wish to carry a woman. One might trace this fantasy to the reversal of actual infantile situations. Children are carried around by adults, and exchange of rôles is a daily occurrence in the paraphilia.

Nevertheless, complicated conditions are often brought to light, as the next case will reveal to us.

Case Number 24 . Mr. A. V. has the fantasy that he is being bridled like a horse and will perhaps be used for riding. He may be led by a man, who may so strike him with a whip that he causes . . .

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