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By June Rathbone (auth.)

ISBN-10: 1461355095

ISBN-13: 9781461355090

ISBN-10: 1461513472

ISBN-13: 9781461513476

Are dominance and submission inevitable in human relationships? Believing that sadomasochism is changing into an ever extra obvious phenomenon in constructed nations, the writer surveyed forty eight self-declared sadomasochists (43 male, five girl) and 35 controls (26 male, nine girl) with a purpose to elicit details on early kinfolk relationships, morale, and sexual habit and delusion; she additionally appears on the philosophy of masochism and its destructive effects.

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The solitary enactment of such a fantasy may unconsciously contain another person as participant or spectator. Unpleasure inevitably involves vicissitudes of aggression. The emphasis may be on punishment, propitiation or pain. The need may be to extract pleasure from adversity, to deflect aggression from an object which is both needed and feared, or to obtain satisfaction in a passive mode. Unpleasure may be sought for excitement, for relief of tension, to avoid some other pain, for another kind of satisfaction, or to escape 'real' pain and passivity.

244). Rado's assumption that the narcissistic shock sustained by the little girl on discovering her inferior genitalia spoilt all sexual pleasure for her would be more accurately named the greediness principle than the pleasure principle. Why should she be sexually excited by the pain of her discovery, adopt the pain as a substitute I 28 CHAPTER 1 gratification and thence develop an enduring, lifelong masochistic attitude? Reactions such as this, assumed by Rado, certainly exist but they are an expression of masochistic tendencies, not their root.

Much of what follows upon Freud's (1924a) opening statement about masochism, quoted above, and the unravelling of the three principles was either set out or foreshadowed in the earlier writings already consideredits history is that which has been cursorily examined in a chronological manner up to this point. The remaining material is new and substantial. FREUD'S WRITINGS ON MASOCHISM 17 Let us return with Freud to the theme of the paper: "Masochism comes under our observation in three forms: as a condition imposed on sexual excitation, as an expression of the feminine nature, and as a norm of behavior.

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