By Herman Westerink

Sigmund Freud, in his look for the origins of the experience of guilt in person existence and tradition, frequently speaks of "reading a dismal trace," therefore pertaining to the Oedipus delusion as a fable concerning the challenge of human guilt. In Freud's view, this feeling of guilt is a hint, a course, that leads deep into the individual's psychological nation, into youth stories, and into the prehistory of tradition and faith.

Herman Westerink follows this hint and analyzes Freud's concept at the experience of guilt as a critical factor in his paintings, from the earliest reviews at the ethical and "guilty" characters of the hysterics, through later complicated differentiations in the proposal of the feel of guilt, and eventually to Freud's perception of civilization's discontents and Jewish experience of guilt. The feel of guilt is a key factor in Freudian psychoanalysis, not just on the subject of different key strategies in psychoanalytic conception but additionally with regards to Freud's debates with different psychoanalysts, together with Carl Jung and Melanie Klein

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On Freud and Weyer see P. Swales, “Freud, Johann Weier, and the Status of Seduction: the role of the witch n the conception of fantasy”, in Sigmund Freud. 331-358; P. 359-365; H. Midelfort, “Charcot, Freud and the Demons”, in Werewolves, Witches, and Wandering Spirits. A. 199-215. 155 S. 242. 156 H. Lehmann, O. Ulbricht, “Motive und Argumente von Gegners der Hexenverfolgung von Weyer bis Spee”, in Vom Unfug des Hexen-Processes. Gegner der Hexenverfolgungen von Johann Weyer bis Friedrich Spee, H.

Freud also called self-distrust the first defensive symptom: self-reproach is I dem. S. 33. 133 A late example of repression as a not-wanting-to-know is found in a text from 1898: “hysterical people do not know what they do not want to know”. S. 296. 134 S. 170. 174. indd 26 15/06/09 14:37 Chapter 1. 9 In April 1896 Freud expounded his seduction theory to the Viennese Society for Psychiatry and Neurology, run by Krafft-Ebing. Sexual acts from childhood are harmful and traumatic. When sexuality really develops in puberty the earlier (experiential) memories can become unbearable.

90 On Fliess – an ear, nose and throat specialist from Berlin – as “intimate friend an a hated enemy” see P. 154-155. 91 S. Freud, Draft B. 179. 92 On several occasions Freud refers to neurasthenia as “Beard’s neurasthenia”. For example S. 146. Beard, an American neurologist had introduced the concept in Sexual Neurasthenia (Nervous Exhaustion), its Hygiene, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment (1884). He regarded neurasthenia as a mental illness originating in modern civilization due to factors such as stress, intoxication or traumatic accidents.

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