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Scopophilia psychoanalysis and sexuality

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The term scoptophiliasubsequently replaced by scopophilia, took its place in Anglophone psychoanalytic literature as a translation of the Freudian notion of Schaulust"pleasure in looking," in the sense of both seeing and being seen, as well as "curiosity. As early asErnest Jones wrote a critique of Howard C.

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Warren's Dictionary of Psychology in which he noted that the Glossary of Psychoanalytical Termswhich Jones edited in in preparation for the planned Standard Edition, contained "an important mistake.

InJames Strachey gave a more detailed explanation: The question was how to translate ' Schaulust ' — Scopophilia psychoanalysis and sexuality pleasure in looking. Greek terminology was all the rage, and the word 'scoptophilia' was suggested and accepted with acclamation.

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It certainly looked a little odd; but nevertheless it passed into all the four volumes of the Collected Papers uncriticized. You might have imagined that we should have remembered telescopes and microscopes and so have suspected that the Greek root for looking was something like 'scop.

In fact, just as Bruno Bettelheim wrote in Freud and Man ' s Soulboth terms are wrong and "the monstrosity contrived by Freud's translators and perpetuated in the Standard Edition — "scopophilia" — certainly conveys nothing at all" p.

He comments moreover that this seems a betrayal of Freudian thought: Since we have all repeatedly experienced great pleasure in watching something, Scopophilia psychoanalysis and sexuality taking it in with our eyes, and have occasionally been ashamed of doing so, or even been afraid to look, although we wished to see, it would be easy to have both a direct intellectual and emotional understanding of Freud's concept" p.

Several hundred articles by the most illustrious names in psychoanalysis nevertheless testify to the persistence of the use of these two suspect terms up to the present day — a particularly striking example of the absurd errors that can be passed on from text to text.

Freud and man's soul.

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