Case Histories: v. 2, Rat Man, Schreber, Wolf Man, Female Homosexuality (Pelican) Paperback – 30 Aug 1979
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My dad had started collecting in this addition before they went out of print ad wanted to complete it.
I've been dipping in myself (heavy stuff, but very interesting)
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Then the rat man. On p 206 he comes out with a theory of remodelling. In later years childhood memories are gone over, and remodelled and are not actually the earliest experience,"(as) a nation constructs legends about its early history."(p 206). Better or worse it is revisionist. We should keep in mind early plagues like bubonic plague, and the rat was a feared animal, and here in a case of anal eroticism, a fear of being attacked anally by a rat. He thought .."a rat gliding over the grave..out of his father's grave..meal off its corpse"(p 213)..he saw "a living likeness himself in the rat."(p 216). On p 220 he feels men and women can give birth, but out of anus..and when did we first discover the truth of child birth. Some women will shriek at frued's remark" great advance was made in civilization..from matriarchy to patriarchy"(p 233). He actually thought men enjoyed themselves more! Perhaps an ancient Jewish thought. The character in this story has obsessions rats,,and also "obsessional fears to the next world"(p 235). Later Freud says "the thought process itself becomes sexualized" (p 244)..on p 302 looking at himself in mirror nude..brings pleasure. on p 306 develops agoraphobia. On p 306" felt a rat gnawing at his..anus..visual image"..perhaps brought on by previous experience with worms, which itself was traumatizing.
So ends vol 10 of a fascinating volume..little hans shows how extreme violence in youth, is socialized in ways and is transformed into a different emotional world,,and than the Rat Man a case history you will never forget about mythic fears, we all have fears which are irrational, of animals or whatever, and its interesting what part of our anatomy we think they'll attack..obsessions..and fears of personal judgement. I've given a partial reading for those who wish to read more.