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By Masud Khan
Perversions and borderline states have been, accidentally of destiny, Masud Khan's leader preoccupation in his scientific paintings over the last 3 many years of his existence. In an prior quantity, The privateness of the Self, he offered what he referred to as the typical and personal crystallization of his adventure together with his sufferers and lecturers; significantly, within the latter type, Anna Freud, John Rickman and D.W. Winnicott. during this later ebook he is taking his cue from Freud who, as he says, clinically determined the ailment of Western Judaeo-Christian cultures when it comes to "the individual alienated from himself".Masud Khan's easy argument, succinctly said in his Preface, is that "the pervert places an impersonal item among his wish and his companion. This item could be a stereotype delusion, a machine or a pornographic photograph. All 3 alienate the pervert from himself, as, sadly, from the article of desire".With its wealth of medical and theoretical insights, Masud Khan's Alienation in Perversions makes a huge contribution to our figuring out of perversion formation. Its impression extends a long way past the non-public self-discipline of psychoanalysis, for the topic explored is one that happens largely in sleek lifestyles and literature. The concluding bankruptcy on pornography makes the purpose tellingly.
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Hence their own ego-functions, body and libidinal experiences, as well as experience of the external world and objects, constitute a persecutory threat to them and flight is a basic defence mechanism in these patients. I a m using 'flight* in the sense Kaufman (1960) has postulated i n his paper 'Some ethological studies of social relationships and conflict situations'. I t is significant to establish the fact that search for 'comfort in contact and clinging' characterizes the dependence-need-attachment of these patients and also mobilizes to the maximum their negativity and ambivalence.
I have already drawn attention to the excessive use of splitting mechanisms i n these patients. T h e i r identificatory mechanisms have some typical qualities too. T h e object is identified with and thereby replaced. I t is a n incorporative technique which leads to becoming the object rather than modelling and developing some ego-function through identification with a n object. A very explicit example of this is how much these patients take over the caretaking function of the mother very early on and become their own nursing mothers (cf.
I t is a trait of this type of ego-distortion that it builds up a craving for tension. I t feeds on tension just as avidly as it is compulsively trying to discharge it. Schur (1953) has discussed this as 'reaction of primary anxiety with full resomatization'. Here the instinctual cathexes are subsumed i n 49 ALIENATION IN PERVERSIONS the defensive functions and mental hyper-activity. This emotionality of these patients has a manic quality. I t leads them into extremely intense object-involvements and yet the dread of being swallowed up and/or annihilated through satisfaction is there.
Alienation in Perversions by Masud Khan