By June Rathbone (auth.)

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

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FEMINIST ISSUES Helene Deutsch (1925) sees the masculinity complex in women, arising from the universal bisexuality in which they share, as flaring up 'with elemental force' in the female reproductive functions. Deutsch (1930) defines her aim: "to examine the genesis of 'femininity', by which I mean the feminine, passive-masochistic disposition in the mental life of women" (p. 48). She takes Freud's observations on the consequences of the anatomical differences between the sexes a stage further.

In suspensions of logic, puzzling ellipses, glaring yet unperceived contradictions, bizarre associations which are meaningful only in the unconscious of the masochist (Lenzer, 1975). There is a belief in 'the omnipotence of thoughts' and an assumption that trivial details of personal background are not only of intrinsic interest but are common knowledge, requiring no explanation. Newly encountered people are liked, disliked, have characteristics attributed to them simply because they bear a name significant in the past.

The clinical observation that masochism was sadism turned against the self could be retained as secondary masochism. Between 1905 and 1924, there had been Instincts and Their Vicissitudes (1915a) and 'A Child is Being Beaten' (1919) where Freud considered masochism in terms of object relationship, more specifically, the Oedipus complex. The fantasy represented a sexual relation between father and child, in which the child's role was a feminine one, and to which attached, most importantly, a sense of guilt, opening the way to the later concept of moral masochism.

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