OS FUNDAMENTOS DA FÍSICA (vol. III) (9ª ed.) – Ramalho

PARTE I. CARGAS ELÉTRICAS EM REPOUSO

CAPÍTULO 1. Eletrização & Força elétrica

Eletrostática como um domínio completamente separado do estudo da força gravitacional.

O nome elétron deriva de elektron, grego para âmbar, substância com que os antigos identificaram pela primeira vez a repulsão e atração de caráter elétrico. Adivinha a quem se atribui a descoberta em primeiro lugar? Ao desatento Tales, O Lunático. Foi preciso esperar até o séc. XVI para que, na Inglaterra, dessem continuidade ao estudo da Eletricidade. Uma “descoberta” nada bárbara (cof, cof)…

A palavra tribo advém do grego tribein e significa <atritar>, <esfregar>. Por isso a eletrização por atrito é também denominada triboeletrização.”

Os materiais como o vidro, que conservam as cargas nas regiões onde elas surgem, são chamados isolantes ou dielétricos. Os materiais nos quais as cargas se espalham imediatamente são chamados condutores. É o caso dos metais.”

Van der Graaf (1901-1967). “Geradores de VdG de grande porte, que armazenam grandes quantidades de carga elétrica, gerando descargas elétricas de enormes proporções, costumam ser utilizados em aceleradores de partículas.”

Corrimões de escadas rolantes e batentes de portas: “Em regiões de clima seco, é relativamente comum um passageiro sentir um pequeno choque ao descer de um veículo e tocá-lo. Isso ocorre porque, sendo o ar seco bom isolante elétrico, a eletricidade estática adquirida por atrito não se escoa para o ambiente, e o passageiro, ao descer, faz a ligação do veículo com o solo. Às vezes é a roupa do passageiro (ou do motorista) que se eletriza por atrito com o banco do carro. Ao descer, o toque na parte metálica produz a descarga e a sensação de choque.”

[!] “Foi o cientista, político e escritor americano Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) quem introduziu os termos eletricidade positiva e eletricidade negativa para designar a eletricidade vítrea e resinosa, respectivamente.” Este homem tão precipitado enquanto politicólogo inventou o pára-raio! Isso o livro-texto da minha época não mostrava…

ATENÇÃO: A experiência realizada por Franklin é muito perigosa. Por isso, jamais tente repeti-la.” HAHAHAHA

Não esperava encontrar isto aqui (p. 35): “Dos inúmeros sermões proferidos pelo Padre Antônio Vieira (1608-1697), os mais famosos são Sermão da Quinta Dominga da Quaresma e Sermão da Sexagésima.”

CAPÍTULO 2. Campo elétrico

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CAPÍTULO 3. Trabalho e potencial elétrico

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CAPÍTULO 4. Condutores em equilíbrio eletrostático. Capacitância eletrostática

Ocorrem por dia, em nosso planeta, cerca de 40 mil tempestades, que originam, aproximadamente, 100 raios por segundo.”

Os dois tipos de pára-raios:

a) Modelo de Franklin

Também chamado simplesmente de pára-raios de F., consta basicamente de uma haste condutora disposta verticalmente na parte mais alta da estrutura a ser protegida. A extremidade superior da haste apresenta de 3 a 4 pontas de um material de elevado ponto de fusão (que não se derreta com a dissipação da energia da descarga). A outra extremidade da haste é ligada, por meio de condutores metálicos, a barras metálicas profundamente cravadas no solo.

Estudos experimentais permitiram concluir que <o campo de proteção oferecido por uma haste vertical é aquele abrangido por um cone, tendo por vértice o ponto mais alto do pára-raios e cuja geratriz forma um ângulo de 60° com a vertical.

b) Modelo de Faraday

Este método consiste em uma malha de captação, formando módulos retangulares, feitos de cabos de cobre nu passando por suportes isoladores, colocados de modo a envolver o topo da estrutura, como uma gaiola. Ao longo da malha, distribuem-se regularmente hastes terminadas em ponta. O aterramento se dá do mesmo modo que o método de F., mas com maior número de terminais. Esse sistema, apesar de mais dispendioso, proporciona maior proteção, sendo utilizado em edificações de grande porte, como ginásios, galpões industriais, etc.

Obs.

O pára-raios radioativo, baseado na ionização do ar por meio da presença de material radioativo no material constituinte da ponta, está proibido no Brasil desde 1989. Quem eventualmente ainda utilize esse tipo de p-r está obrigado a desmontá-lo e encaminhar os componentes à Comissão Nacional de Energia Nuclear (CNEN).”

PARTE II. CARGAS ELÉTRICAS EM MOVIMENTO

CAPÍTULO 5. Corrente elétrica

O pior caso de choque é aquele que se origina quando uma corrente elétrica entra pela mão de uma pessoa e sai pela outra. Nesse caso, atravessando o tórax de ponta a ponta, há grande chance de a corrente afetar o coração e a respiração.

O valor mínimo de intensidade de corrente que se pode perceber é 1mA (micro-ampère). Esse valor provoca sensação de cócegas ou formigamento leve. Entretanto, com uma corrente de intensidade 10x maior a pessoa já perde o controle dos músculos, sendo difícil abrir a mão e livrar-se do contato.

O valor mortal está compreendido entre 10mA e 3A, aproximadamente. Nessa faixa de valores, a corrente, atravessando o tórax, atinge o coração com intensidade suficiente para modificar seu ritmo. Modificado o ritmo, o coração pára de bombear sangue para o corpo e a morte pode ocorrer em segundos. Se a intensidade for ainda mais alta, a corrente pode paralisar completamente o coração. Este se contrai ao máximo e mantém-se assim enquanto passa a corrente. Interrompida a corrente, geralmente o coração relaxa e pode começar a bater novamente, como se nada tivesse acontecido. Todavia, paralisado o coração, paralisa-se também a circulação sangüínea, e uma interrupção de poucos minutos dessa circulação pode provocar danos cerebrais irreversíveis.”

CAPÍTULO 6. Resistores

Existem elementos de circuitos cuja função, entre outras, é a de transformar energia elétrica em energia térmica (dissipar energia elétrica) ou limitar a intensidade da corrente elétrica em circuitos eletrônicos. Tais elementos recebem o nome de resistores.

São exemplos de resistores que se destinam a dissipar energia elétrica: os filamentos de tungstênio das lâmpadas elétricas incandescentes; fios de certas ligas metálicas (como nicromo: liga de níquel e de cromo), enrolados em hélice cilíndrica, utilizados em chuveiro, torneiras elétricas, secadores de cabelos, etc.

Os resistores utilizados para limitar a intensidade de corrente que passa por determinados componentes eletrônicos não têm a finalidade de dissipar energia elétrica, embora isso aconteça inevitavelmente. Comumente, são constituídos de um filme de grafite depositado de modo contínuo sobre um suporte cerâmico ou enrolado em forma de faixas helicoidais.”

Muitos resistores que se destinam a dissipar energia são, algumas vezes, chamados impropriamente de <resistências>. Você certamente já ouviu frases do tipo <é preciso trocar a resistência do chuveiro> ou <a resistência do secador de cabelos queimou>. Na verdade, a resistência elétrica é uma propriedade física do resistor.”

O estudo moderno da eletricidade teve início a partir da observação de um biólogo. Luigi Galvani (1737-1797) verificou que as pernas da rã, que suspendera para secar por meio de presilhas de cobre num suporte de ferro [quem seca uma rã???], contraíam-se quando balançados pelo vento. Galvani atribuiu a ocorrência à existência de correntes elétricas produzidas pelas próprias pernas da rã.

(…) [Mas] o físico Alessandro Volta (1745-1827) não concordou com a hipótese de seu colega biólogo. Para ele, as contrações eram devidas a uma corrente elétrica, mas produzidas de outro modo. Ao serem balançadas pelo vento, as extremidades livres das pernas suspensas tocavam o suporte de ferro. Então estabelecia-se o contato da perna da rã com 2 metais, o cobre, de um lado, e o ferro, do outro. Isso e mais as substâncias ácidas do corpo da rã geravam a corrente responsável pelas contrações. A construção da primeira pilha elétrica por Volta comprovou a veracidade de sua hipótese.”

Com a descoberta do efeito magnético da corrente elétrica, a história da Eletrodinâmica se entrelaça com a do Magnetismo, surgindo então com destaque as pesquisas de cientistas como Oersted, Ampère, Faraday, Maxwell e outros.”

! DICAS CULTURAIS !

As óperas de Verdi adaptando Shakespeare e Schiller. La Traviata, cantada no Poderoso Chefão 2.


Paulicéia Desvairada é considerado como o primeiro livro de poemas do modernismo brasileiro (Mário de Andrade).”

CAPÍTULO 7. Associação de resistores

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CAPÍTULO 8. Medidas elétricas

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CAPÍTULO 9. Geradores elétricos

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CAPÍTULO 10. Receptores elétricos

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CAPÍTULO 11. As leis de Kirchoff

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CAPÍTULO 12. Capacitores

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PARTE III. ELETROMAGNETISMO

CAPÍTULO 13. Campo magnético

campo magnetico

CAPÍTULO 14. Força magnética

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CAPÍTULO 15. Indução eletromagnética

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CAPÍTULO 16. Noções de corrente alternada

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CAPÍTULO 17. Ondas eletromagnéticas

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PARTE IV. INTRODUÇÃO À FÍSICA MODERNA

CAPÍTULO 18. Relatividade especial

No final do séc. XIX, acreditava-se que as ondas eletromagnéticas, a exemplo das ondas mecânicas, necessitavam de um meio material para se propagarem. Esse meio elástico, onipresente e invisível, preenchendo todo o Universo, foi denominado éter. As ondas eletromagnéticas e a luz, em particular, propagavam-se com velocidade c = 300 mil km/s em relação a esse meio.

Como o éter era um meio hipotético, cuja existência jamais fôra provada, em 1887 os cientistas Michelson e Morley realizaram, em Cleveland (EUA), uma experiência para verificar sua existência. Eles consideraram que, se o espaço sideral estivesse preenchdio por um <mar de éter> imóvel e a luz fosse realmente propagada através dele, a velocidade desta deveria ser afetada pela <correnteza de éter> resultante do movimento de translação da Terra. Em outras palavras, um raio de luz lançado no sentido do movimento da Terra deveria sofrer um retardamento, por causa da correnteza do éter, da mesma forma que um nadador é retardado pela correnteza da água ao nadar contra ela.”

Michelson e Morley esperavam encontrar valores diferentes para os intervalos de tempo delta-T e delta-T’, segundo cálculos teóricos previamente feitos. A diferença de tempo deveria ser detectada pela análise da interferência dos feixes de luz no anteparo de sua máquina interferômetro [basicamente um superespelho mergulhado horizontalmente em mercúrio]. Contudo, realizada a experiência, a conclusão foi perturbadora: não havia diferença entre os 2 intervalos de tempo. Repetiram a experiência várias vezes, em épocas e condições técnicas diferentes, chegando sempre à mesma medição. (…) Foi o fim do sistema de referência universal newtoniano.”

CAPÍTULO 19. Física quântica

Na história da Física, existem vários exemplos de conceitos que exigiram revisão ou mesmo substituição, quando novos dados experimentais se puseram a eles. Contudo, no caso da luz, foi a primeira vez em que duas teorias, completamente diferentes, são simultaneamente necessárias, completando-se mutuamente.”


“Logo após a hipótese de
De Broglie, foi desenvolvida por vários físicos notáveis, como Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Born, Pauli [citado em Jung] e Dirac, a Mecânica Quântica.”

CAPÍTULO 20. Física nuclear

A força nuclear forte é a mais intensa das 4 forças fundamentais. Sua intensidade é 1038 vezes maior que a força gravitacional, a mais fraca das quatro. Entretanto, sua ação só se manifesta em distâncias muito pequenas, comparáveis às dimensões do núcleo atômico (10-15m). A intensidade da força nuclear forte diminui rapidamente quando há a separação entre as partículas, praticamente se anulando quando a distância assume as dimensões de alguns diâmetros nucleares. Essa força também é denominada força hadrônica, porque só se manifesta entre os hádrons, grupo de partículas do qual fazem parte os nêutrons e os prótons, mas não os elétrons, que não são afetados pela força nuclear forte.”

A intensidade da força eletromagnética é em média 100x menor que a da força nuclear forte.”

NÃO BRINCAR COM FOGO OU ELETRICIDADE: “Entre os léptons (grupo de partículas das quais faz parte o elétron) e os hádrons, atuando em escala nuclear, desenvolve-se a denominada força nuclear fraca. Sua intensidade é 1025 vezes maior que a da força gravitacional, mas 1013 vezes menor que a da força nuclear forte. Ela é a responsável pela emissão de elétrons por parte dos núcleos de algumas substâncias radioativas, num processo denominado decaimento beta. Atualmente a maior parte dos cientistas admite que a força nuclear fraca e a força eletromagnética são manifestações diferentes de uma mesma interação fundamental, chamando-as de força eletrofraca. Esse é um primeiro passo para a unificação completa das 4 forças fundamentais, entendendo-as como manifestações de uma única superforça.”

a força gravitacional tem grande importância na Astronomia e na Cosmologia, explicando a movimentação dos astros no Universo, bem como a formação de estrelas, galáxias e sistemas planetários.”

Um contato entre uma partícula e sua antipartícula pode resultar num processo de aniquilação da matéria. É o que ocorre entre um elétron e um pósitron, sendo criados dois fótons de alta energia.”

Com a construção de grandes aceleradores de partículas, muitas antipartículas foram descobertas como, p.ex., o antipróton e o antinêutron. O antipróton foi descoberto em 1955 pelos físicos norte-americanos Owen Chamberlain (1920-2006) e Emílio Gino Segré (1905-1989), no Bévatron da Universidade da Califórnia, em Berkeley, EUA. Por esse feito, receberam o prêmio Nobel de Física de 59.”

Entre os bósons, os mais conhecidos são os fótons, que têm massa de repouso nula.”

As partículas elementares elétron, neutrino, múon, tau e suas antipartículas são exemplos de léptons. O nome lépton significa leve, e a razão disso é que sua massa costuma ser menor que a menor massa dos hádrons. Entretanto, sabe-se hoje que o tau, um tipo de lépton que só pode ser encontrado em partículas aceleradas e em raios cósmicos, tem massa que corresponde a quase o dobro da massa do próton.

Os hádrons, que estão sujeitos a todas as interações, podem ser de 2 tipos: os mésons e os bárions. Um tipo de méson, o píon, foi descoberto em 1947 pelo físico brasileiro César Lattes (1924-2005), no pico de Chacaltaya, nos Andes bolivianos, a 5.600m de altitude. Os mésons são partículas cuja massa pode variar desde um valor próximo a 1/7 da massa do próton até valores mais elevados que a massa de núcleos leves. Próton, nêutron, lambda, sigma, Xi, ômega e suas antipartículas são exemplos de bárions.”

Os hádrons, na verdade, não seriam partículas elementares, pelo fato de que são constituídos por partículas ainda menores, os denominados quarks.¹ O modelo dos quarks prevê a existência de 3 tipos, indicados pelas letras u (de up), d (de down) e s (de strange [haha]). Os quarks apresentariam carga elétrica fracionária em relação à carga elementar. Existiriam 3 antiquarks.

¹ O nome quark, dado por Gell-Mann às menores partículas constituintes da matéria, foi tirado do romance Finnegans Wake, de Joyce.

Esse modelo se expandiu com a inclusão de mais 3 tipos de quarks: o c (de charmed), o b (de bottom) e o t (de top) e seus correspondentes antiquarks.”

Os hádrons mais comuns (prótons e nêutrons), denominados núcleons, são constituídos apenas pelos quarks u e d. Um próton seria constituído por 2 quarks u e um quark d, pois a carga elétrica do quark u é +2/3 e a do quark d é -1/3 (carga = 1). Um nêutron seria formado por 2 quarks d e um quark u (carga 0).”

Cada m² da superfície do planeta é atingido, em cada segundo, por cerca de 200 partículas denominadas raio cósmico, com energias de alguns milhões de elétrons-volt. Entre as partículas que constituem a radiação cósmica predominam os elétrons e os núcleos atômicos, principalmente de hidrogênio (prótons). As partículas dos raios cósmicos deslocam-se pelo espaço com velocidades próximas à da luz. Algumas delas são muito mais energéticas do que qualquer outra partícula produzida nos maiores aceleradores de partículas existentes.”

No Brasil, as atividades envolvendo os raios cósmicos marcam o próprio início das pesquisas físicas em nosso país. Por ocasião da implantação da Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas da USP, em 1934, foi marcante a atuação do físico ucraniano de nascimento, naturalizado italiano, Gleb Wataghin (1899-1986), que hoje empresta seu nome ao Instituto de Física da Unicamp.”

Em 1949, foi criado no RJ o Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas (CBPF), coordenado por César Lattes e José Leite Lopes (1918-2006), outro importante pesquisador brasileiro, primeiro presidente da Sociedade Brasileira de Física.”

Na esteira dos aperfeiçoamentos dos acelerados de partículas, em 1929, o físico norte-americano Ernest Lawrence (1901-58), prêmio Nobel de física de 39, desenvolveu outro acelerador com concepção diferente, o cíclotron, no qual partículas carregadas eram aceleradas em percursos espiralados, ganhando energia a cada ciclo. Esse conceito ainda hoje é utilizado nos grandes aceleradores.”

quando núcleos pesados como os de urânio são bombardeados por partículas como nêutrons acelerados, originam-se núcleos menores e uma grande quantidade de energia. (…) Essa energia obtida confirmou plenamente a fórmula de Einstein E = mc²”

Em 02/12/1942, na Universidade de Chicago, um grupo de cientistas, dirigido por Enrico Fermi [ironicamente, um italiano ‘ajudou a matar’ o fascismo], criou com sucesso o primeiro reator a conseguir um estado de auto-sustentação ou <crítico>. O reator era abastecido com urânio natural embebido em blocos de grafite, tendo a fissão ocorrido no isótopo do urânio de massa 235 e 92 prótons.”

invenção da bomba a

Chama-se energia de ligação do núcleo a quantidade de energia mínima que o núcleo deve receber para ser possível separar núcleos atômicos. (…) quando núcleons se juntam e se fundem para formar um núcleo mais pesado, há liberação de energia, que corresponde à energia de ligação, i.e., à energia que o núcleo formado deveria receber para que fossem liberados os núcleos originais. No processo que ocorre no Sol, núcleos de hidrogênio unem-se para formar núcleos de hélio e, como subproduto dessa reação nuclear, é liberada uma enorme quantidade de energia.”

Por que não existem usinas de energia de fusão nuclear? “o gasto de energia para se obterem as condições necessárias à realização do processo é maior que a quantidade de energia obtida dele.” “A fusão nuclear causa bem menos problemas que a fissão na obtenção de energia elétrica. Por isso, há um grande empenho dos cientistas e dos governos em todo o mundo para buscar soluções que tornem viável a utilização do processo de fusão em substituição ao de fissão. Nesse sentido, foi criado um projeto internacional, que constitui uma das maiores cooperações científico-tecnológicas dos últimos tempos, o ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor). O reator, baseado na tecnologia Tokamak, está sendo construído na França e, uma vez concluído (o primeiro prazo para início das operações é 2016), deverá produzir cerca de 1 GW (1 bilhão de watts) de potência. Tal projeto consumirá mais de 10 bilhões de euros, metade dos quais investidos pela comunidade européia.” Atualizações: https://www.iter.org/sci/iterandbeyond – a máquina sucedânea do projeto ITER tem previsão para entrar em funcionamento nos anos 40: “DEMO is the machine that will address the technological questions of bringing fusion energy to the electricity grid. The principal goals for the DEMO phase of fusion research are the exploration of continuous or near-continuous (steady-state) operation, the investigation of efficient energy capture systems, the achievement of a power output in the Q-value range of 30 to 50 (as opposed to ITER’s 10), and the in-vessel production of tritium (called tritium breeding). DEMO would be a simpler machine than ITER, with fewer diagnostics and a design more targeted to the capture of energy than to the exploration of plasma regimes.” “Beyond DEMO, the final step to producing fusion energy would be the construction of a prototype reactor, fully optimized to produce electricity competitively. The timescale for such a prototype depends heavily on political will to reach this stage, but most forecasts place this phase of fusion energy development at the middle of the century.” Ironicamente, além da União Européia parece que só o Japão está envolvido, sem a presença dos EUA…

supernova

Uma das previsões da relatividade geral de Einstein é a existência de ondas gravitacionais, as quais, apesar das tentativas, ainda não foram observadas. Existe a expectativa de que na eventual colisão de dois buracos negros, envolvendo massas da ordem de milhares de massas equivalentes ao Sol, ondas gravitacionais possam ser detectadas, resolvendo um dos grandes enigmas da Física atual.”

PARTE V. ANÁLISE DIMENSIONAL

CAPÍTULO 21. Análise dimensional

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Gilbert, De magnete, 1600.

Grattan

AMERICAN NERVOUSNESS: ITS CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES (A supplement to “Nervous exhaustion: Neurasthenia”) – George Beard, 1881.

-Um glamouroso retrato da decadência ocidental, embora ingenuamente otimista quanto a ele e de um ultimado chauvinismo ianque!-

Nervousness is strictly deficiency or lack of nerve-force. This condition, together with all the symptoms of diseases that are evolved from it, has developed mainly within the 19th century, and is especially frequent and severe in the Northern and Eastern portions of the United States. Nervousness, in the sense here used, is to be distinguished rigidly and systematically from simple excess of emotion and from organic disease.”

The sign and type of functional nervous diseases that are evolved out of this general nerve sensitiveness is neurasthenia (nervous exhaustion), which is in close and constant relation with such functional nerve maladies as certain physical forms of hysteria, hay-fever [rinite alérgica], sick-headache, inebriety, and some phases of insanity; is, indeed, a branch whence at early or later stages of growth these diseases may take their origin.”

The greater prevalence of nervousness in America is a complex resultant of a number of influences, the chief of which are dryness of the air, extremes of heat and cold, civil and religious liberty, and the great mental activity made necessary and possible in a new and productive country under such climatic conditions.

A new crop of diseases has sprung up in America, of which Great Britain until lately knew nothing, or but little. A class of functional diseases of the nervous system, now beginning to be known everywhere in civilization, seem to have first taken root under an American sky, whence their seed is being distributed.

All this is modern, and originally American; and no age, no country, and no form of civilization, not Greece, nor Rome, nor Spain, nor the Netherlands, in the days of their glory, possessed such maladies.” Not in their glories, that is.

to solve it in all its interlacings, to unfold its marvellous phenomena and trace them back to their sources and forward to their future developments, is to solve the problem of sociology itself.” [!!!]

Among the signs of American nervousness specially worthy of attention are the following: The nervous diathesis [degenerescência genética, i.e., uma suposta maior vulnerabilidade a doenças dos nervos decorrente da debilidade dos progenitores]; susceptibility to stimulants and narcotics and various drugs, and consequent necessity of temperance¹ [e ainda chama essa abordagem de sociológica sem levar em conta o fator cultural?]; increase of the nervous diseases inebriety [alcoolismo ou uma ligeira variação deste – suscetibilidade exagerada –, que o autor diferenciará no segundo capítulo] and neurasthenia (nervous exhaustion), hay-fever, neuralgia [dor crônica nas terminações nervosas], nervous dyspepsia [indigestão], asthenopia [fadiga ocular e dores de cabeça derivadas] and allied diseases and symptoms [bem específico…]; early and rapid decay of teeth [já fez seu Amil Dental?]; premature baldness; sensitiveness to cold and heat; increase of diseases not exclusively nervous, as diabetes and certain forms of Bright’s disease of the kidneys and chronic catarrhs; unprecedented beauty of American women; frequency of trance and muscle-reading [a tênue linha entre a paranormalidade e simples efeitos de indução eletromagnética]; the strain of dentition, puberty, and change of life; American oratory, humor [haha!], speech, and language; change in type of disease during the past half-century, and the greater intensity of animal life on this continent. [???]

¹ Ah, obviamente Sêneca e Epicuro concordariam contigo!

longevity has increased, and in all ages brain-workers have, on the average, been long-lived, the very greatest geniuses being the longest-lived of all.” “the law of the relation of age to work, by which it is shown that original brain-work is done mostly in youth and early and middle life, the latter decades being reserved for work requiring simply experience and routine.” Pequena confusão entre decaimento fisiológico e e incorporação da experiência como forma de reduzir o esforço mental!

Poetas românticos não usavam a cabeça? Pois sua efemeridade é mais-que-popular…

in all our cyclopedias of medicine, the terms hysteria, somnambulism, ecstasy, catalepsy, mimicry of disease, spinal congestion, incipient ataxy, epilepsy, spasms and congestions, anemias and hyperemias, alcoholism, spinal irritation, spinal exhaustion, cerebral paresis, cerebral exhaustion and irritation, nervousness and imagination [!] are thrown together recklessly, confusedly, hopelessly as in a witches cauldron; and in all, and through all, one shall look vainly—save here and there, for an intelligent and differential description of neurasthenia, the most frequent, the most important, the most interesting nervous disease of our time, or of any time

still our medical graduates, after years spent in listening to lectures, must wait for their diploma before they are even ready to begin the study of this side of the nervous system. Meantime the literature of ataxia [desarranjo da coordenação motora], which is but an atom compared with the world of functional nervous diseases, has risen and is yet rising with infinite repetitions and revolutions to volumes and volumes.”

So far as I know, there has been no hostile criticism of this philosophy in Germany, but in England, even now, these views are not unanimously sustained.” Nazistas retesados.

1. NATURE AND DEFINITION OF NERVOUSNESS

Trance, with its numerous, interesting and intricate phenomena, a condition that has been known in all ages, and among almost all people, is not nervousness, albeit nervous people are sometimes subject to it. See my work on Trance [não muito interessado, mas obrigado assim mesmo!], in which this distinction between physiology and psychology is discussed more fully and variously illustrated.” “This interesting survival of the Middle Ages that we have right here with us today, is the most forcible single illustration that I know of, of the distinction between unbalanced mental organization and nervousness. These Jumpers are precious curiosities, relics or antiques that the 14th century has, as it were, dropped right into the middle of the 19th. The phenomena of the Jumpers are as interesting, scientifically, as any phenomena can be, but they aren’t contributions to American nervousness.

Brainlessness (excess of emotion over intellect) is, indeed, to nervousness, what idiocy is to insanity”

Nervousness is not passionateness. A person who easily gets excited or angry, is often called nervous. One of the signs, and in some cases, one of the first signs of real nervousness, is mental irritability, a disposition to become fretted over trifles; but in a majority of instances, passionate persons are healthy—their exhibitions of anger are the expression of normal emotions, and not in any sense evidences of disease, although they may be made worse by disease, either functional or organic. Nervousness is nervelessness—a lack of nerve-force.” “In medical science we are forced to retain terminology that is in the last degree unscientific, for the same reason that we retain our orthography, which in the English language is, as all know, very bad indeed.” <Febre da grama> realmente não é muito literal!

fear of lightning, or fear of responsibility, of open places or of closed places, fear of society, fear of being alone, fear of fears, fear of contamination, fear of everything, deficient mental control, lack of decision in trifling matters, hopelessness, deficient thirst and capacity for assimilating fluids, abnormalities of the secretions, salivation, tenderness of the spine, and of the whole body, sensitiveness to cold or hot water, sensitiveness to changes in the weather, coccyodynia, pains in the back, heaviness of the loins and limbs, shooting pains simulating those of ataxia, cold hands and feet, pain in the feet, localized peripheral numbness and hypersesthesia, tremulous and variable pulse and palpitation of the heart, special idiosyncrasies in regard to food, medicines, and external irritants, local spasms of muscles, difficulty of swallowing, convulsive movements, especially on going to sleep, cramps [cãibras ou cólicas], a feeling of profound exhaustion unaccompanied by positive pain, coming and going, ticklishness [hiperdelicadeza ou sensibilidade; em sentido mais estrito, facilidade para sentir comichão ou cócegas], vague pains and flying neuralgias, general or local itching, general and local chills and flashes of heat [calafrios e ondas de calor esporádicos], attacks of temporary paralysis, pain in the perineum, involuntary emissions, partial or complete impotence, irritability of the prostatic urethra, certain functional diseases of women [vague!], excessive gaping and yawning [bocejar exagerado], rapid decay and irregularities of the teeth, oxalates, urates, phosphates and spermatozoa in the urine, vertigo or dizziness, explosions in the brain at the back of the neck [?!], dribbling and incontinence of urine [incontinência urinária e seu reverso, alternados], frequent urination, choreic movements of different parts of the body, trembling of the muscles or portions of the muscles in different parts of the body, exhaustion after defecation and urination, dryness of the hair, falling away of the hair and beard, slow reaction of the skin, etc. Dr. Neisser, of Breslau, while translating my work on Nervous Exhaustion into German, wrote me that the list of symptoms was not exhaustive. This criticism is at once accepted, and was long ago anticipated. An absolutely exhaustive catalogue of the manifestations of the nervously exhausted state cannot be prepared, since every case differs somewhat from every other case.”

There are millionnaires of nerve-force—those who never know what it is to be tired out, or feel that their energies are expended, who can write, preach, or work with their hands many hours, without ever becoming fatigued, who do not know by personal experience what the term <exhaustion> means; and there are those—and their numbers are increasing daily—who, without being absolutely sick, without being, perhaps for a lifetime, ever confined to the bed a day with acute disorder, are yet very poor in nerve-force; their inheritance is small, and they have been able to increase it but slightly, if at all; and if from overtoil, or sorrow, or injury, they overdraw their little surplus, they may find that it will require months or perhaps years to make up the deficiency, if, indeed they ever accomplish the task. The man with a small income is really rich, as long as there is no overdraft on the account; so the nervous man may be really well and in fair working order as long as he does not draw on his limited store of nerve-force. But a slight mental disturbance, unwonted toil or exposure, anything out of and beyond his usual routine, even a sleepless night, may sweep away that narrow margin, and leave him in nervous bankruptcy, from which he finds it as hard to rise as from financial bankruptcy.”

Hence we see that neurasthenics who can pursue without any special difficulty the callings of their lives, even those callings requiring great and prolonged activity, amid perhaps very considerable excitement, as that of statesmanship, politics, business, commercial life, or in overworked professions, are prostrated at once when they are called upon to do something outside of their line, where their force must travel by paths that have never been opened and in which the obstructions are numerous and can only be overcome by greater energy than they can supply.” The purpose of treatment in cases of nervous exhaustion is of a two-fold character— to widen the margin of nerve-force, and to teach the patient how to keep from slipping over the edge.”

Our title is justified by this, that if once we understand the causes and consequences of American nervousness, the problems connected with the nervousness of other lands speedily solve themselves.” The philosophy of Germany has penetrated to all civilized nations; in all directions we are becoming Germanized. Similarly, the nervousness of America is extending over Europe, which, in certain countries, at least, is becoming rapidly Americanized. Just as it is impossible to treat of German thought without intelligent reference to the thought of other nationalities, ancient or modern, so is it impossible to solve the problem of American nervousness without taking into our estimate the nervousness of other lands and ages. [Acaba de contradizer o grifado em verde!]”

O REVERSO DA MEDALHA

Indeed, nervousness, in its extreme manifestations, seems to save one from these organic incurable diseases of the brain and of the cord; with some exceptions here and there, the neurasthenic does not go into or die of nervous disease.” They may become insane—some of them do; they may become bed-confined invalids; they may be forced, as they often are, to resign their occupations, but they do not, as rule, develop the structural maladies to which here refer.” nervousness is a physical not a mental state, and its phenomena do not come from emotional excess or excitability or from organic disease but from nervous debility and irritability.”

2. SIGNS OF AMERICAN NERVOUSNESS

No one dies of spinal irritation; no one dies of cerebral irritation; no one dies of hay-fever; rarely one dies of hysteria; no one dies of general neuralgia; no one dies of sick-headache; no one dies of nervous dyspepsia; quite rarely does one die of nervous exhaustion; and even when these conditions are the cause of death they are not noted as such in the tables of mortality” Nervousness of constitution is, indeed, an aid to longevity, and in various ways; it compels caution, makes imperative the avoidance of evil habits, and early warns us of the approach of peril.” Wickedness was solemnly assigned as the cause of the increase of nervous diseases, as though wickedness were a modern discovery.” nervous diathesis—an evolution of the nervous temperament.” “It includes those temperaments, commonly designated as nervous, in whom there exists a predisposition to neuralgia, dyspepsia, chorea, sick-headache, functional paralysis, hysteria, hypochondriasis, insanity, or other of the many symptoms of disease of the central or peripheral nervous system.”

A fine organization. The fine organization is distinguished from the coarse by fine, soft hair, delicate skin, nicely chiselled features [bem-cinzelada ou esculpida – somos belos!], small bones, tapering extremities [membros pontiagudos, i.e., que se afunilam nas mãos e nos pés, na canela e no antebraço!], and frequently by a muscular system comparatively small and feeble. It is frequently associated with superior intellect, and with a strong and active emotional nature.” “It is the organization of the civilized, refined, and educated, rather than of the barbarous and low-born and untrained”

The nervous diathesis appears, within certain limits, to protect the system against attacks of fever and inflammation.” Isso explicaria porque só tive febre uma vez desde a idade adulta.

The tuberculous diathesis frequently accompanies a fine organization; but fine organizations only in a certain proportion of cases have a tuberculous diathesis. The nervous diathesis is frequently not only not susceptible to tuberculosis, but apparently much less so than the average, and sometimes, indeed, seems to be antagonistic to it, for there are many nervous patients in whom no amount of exposure or hardship or imprudence seems to be able to develop phthisis [tísica]” Devo acrescentar alguma imunidade ao câncer?

Among Americans of the higher orders, those who live in-doors, drinking is becoming a lost art; among these classes drinking customs are now historic, must be searched for, read or talked about, like extinct or dying-away species.” There is, perhaps, no single fact in sociology more instructive and far reaching than this, and this is but a fraction of the general and sweeping fact that the heightened sensitiveness of Americans forces them to abstain entirely, or to use in incredible and amusing moderation, not only the stronger alcoholic liquors, whether pure or impure, but also the milder wines, ales, and beers, and even tea and coffee.”

I replied that there were very few nervous patients who were not injured by it, and very few who would not find it out without the aid of any physician. Our fathers could smoke, our mothers could smoke, but their children must oft-times be cautious; and chewing is very rapidly going out of custom, and will soon, like snuff-taking, become a historic curiosity; while cigars give way to cigarettes. From the cradle to the grave the Chinese empire smokes, and when a sick man in China has grown so weak that he no longer asks for his pipe, they give up hope, and expect him to die. Savage tribes without number drink most of the time when not sleeping or fighting, and without suffering alcoholism, or without ever becoming inebriates [!]” But 50 years ago opium produced sleep; now the same dose keeps us awake, like coffee or tea—susceptibility to this drug has been revolutionized.” Thus the united forces of climate and civilization are pressing us back from one stimulant to another, until, like babes, we find no safe retreat save in chocolate and milk and water.”

Reprove an Angola negro for being drunk and he will reply, <My mother is dead,> as though that were excuse enough. Even as recently as the beginning of the present century, the custom of drinking at funerals yet survived with our fathers. At the present time both culture and conscience are opposed to such habits.”

It is through the alcohol, and not the adulterations, that excessive drinking injures.” This functional malady of the nervous system which we call inebriety, as distinguished from the vice or habit of drunkenness, may be said to have been born in America, has here developed sooner and far more rapidly than elsewhere, and here also has received earlier and more successful attention from men of science.” For those individuals who inherit a tendency to inebriety, the only safe course is absolute abstinence, especially in early life; and in certain cases treatment of the nervous system, on the exhaustion of which the inebriety depends.”

AQUILO QUE NENHUMA REVISTA DE NUTRIÇÃO DIRÁ: “we so often find not only epileptics, but neurasthenics and nervous persons with other symptoms, are free and sometimes excessive eaters. They say their food does not give them strength, and it does not, for the same reason that the acid poured into the impure fluid of the battery does not give us electric force. There are those who all their lives are habitually small eaters and yet are great workers, and there are those who, though all their lives great eaters, are never strong; their food is either not digested or thoroughly assimilated, and so a much smaller fraction than should be is converted into nerve-force.”

In all the great cities of the East, among the brain-working classes of our large cities everywhere, pork, in all its varieties and preparations, has taken a subordinate place among the meats upon our tables, for the reason that the stomach of the brain-worker cannot digest it.”

Four and 5 meals a day is, or has been, the English and, notably, the German custom. Foreigners have greatly surpassed us in the taking of solid as well as liquid food.”

The eyes also are good barometers of our nervous civilization. The increase of asthenopia and short-sightedness [miopia], and, in general, of the functional disorders of the eye, are demonstrated facts and are most instructive. The great skill and great number of our oculists are constant proof and suggestions of the nervousness of our age. The savage can usually see well; myopia is a measure of civilization.” “near-sightedness increases in schools” Macnamara declares that he took every opportunity of examining the eyes of Southall aborigines of Bengal, for the purpose of discovering whether near-sightedness and diseases of like character existed among them, and he asserts that he never saw a young Southall whose eyes were not perfect.”

at the age of 20, 26% of Americans are near-sighted. In Russia, 42%, and in Germany, 62%.” A nação mais intelectual do mundo.

American dentists are the best in the world, because American teeth are the worst in the world.”

Irregularities of teeth, like their decay, are the product primarily of civilization, secondarily of climate. These are rarely found among the Indians or the Chinese; and, according to Dr. Kingsley, are rare even in idiots”

It is probable that negroes are troubled earlier than Indians. The popular impression that negroes always have good teeth is erroneous—the contrast between the whiteness of the teeth and the blackness of the face tending not a little to flatter them.”

Coarse races and peoples, and coarse individuals can go with teeth badly broken down without being aware of it from any pain; whereas, in a finely organized constitution, the very slightest decay in the teeth excites pain which renders filling or extracting imperative. The coarse races and coarse individuals are less disturbed by the bites of mosquitoes, by the presence of flies or of dirt on the body, than those in whom the nervous diathesis prevails”

It is said, for example, of the negroes of the South, that they rarely if ever sneeze.”

Special explanations without number have been offered for this long-observed phenomenon—the early and rapid decay of American teeth—such as the use of sweets, the use of acids, neglect of cleanliness, and the use of food that requires little mastication. But they who urge these special facts to account for the decay of teeth of our civilization would, by proper inquiry, learn that the savages and negroes, and semi-barbarians everywhere, in many cases use sweets far more than we, and never clean their mouths, and never suffer, except in old age.”

the only races that have poor teeth are those who clean them.” Quando o remédio vem mais tarde que a doença.

Among savages in all parts of the earth baldness is unusual, except in extreme age, and gray hairs come much later than with us. So common is baldness in our large cities that what was once a deformity and exception is now almost the rule, and an element of beauty.”

Increased sensitiveness to both heat and cold is a noteworthy sign of nervousness.”

Cold bathing is not borne as well as formerly.” “Water treatment is as good for some forms of nervous disease as it ever was; but it must be adapted to the constitution of the patient, and adapted also to the peculiar needs of each case.”

The disease, state, or condition to which the term neurasthenia is applied is subdivisible, just as insanity is subdivided into general paresis or general paralysis of the insane, epileptic insanity, hysterical, climatic, and puerperal insanity; just as the disease or condition that we call trance is subdivided into clinical varieties, such as intellectual trance, induced trance, cataleptic trance, somnambulistic trance, emotional trance, ecstatic trance, etc.

That diabetes is largely if not mainly a nervous disease is becoming more and more the conviction of all medical thinkers, and that, like Bright’s disease, it has increased of late, can be proved by statistics that in this respect are in harmony with observation.”

A ERA DA RINITE E DAS ALERGIAS: “A single branch of our neurological tree, hay-fever, has in it the material for years of study; he who understands that, understands the whole problem. In the history of nervous disease I know not where to look for anything as extraordinary or instructive as the rise and growth of hay-fever in the USA.”

Catarrh of the nose and nasal pharyngeal states — so-called nasal and pharyngeal catarrh — is not a nervous disease, in the strict sense of the term, but there is often a nervous element in it; and in the marked and obstinate forms it is, like decay and irregularities of the teeth, one of the signs or one of the nerve-symptoms of impairment of nutrition and decrease of vital force which make us unable to resist change of climate and extremes of temperature.”

The phenomenal beauty of the American girl of the highest type, is a subject of the greatest interest both to the psychologist and the sociologist, since it has no precedent, in recorded history, at least; and it is very instructive in its relation to the character and the diseases of America.”

The same climatic peculiarities that make us nervous also make us handsome”

In no other country are the daughters pushed forward so rapidly, so early sent to school, so quickly admitted into society; the yoke of social observance (if it may be called such), must be borne by them much sooner than by their transatlantic sisters — long before marriage they have had much experience in conversation and in entertainment, and have served as queens in social life, and assumed many of the responsibilities and activities connected therewith. Their mental faculties in the middle range being thus drawn upon, constantly from childhood, they develop rapidly a cerebral activity both of an emotional and an intellectual nature, that speaks in the eyes and forms the countenance; thus, fineness of organization, the first element of beauty, is supplemented by expressiveness of features — which is its second element”

Handsome women are found here and there in Great Britain, and rarely in Germany; more frequently in France and in Austria, in Italy and Spain”

One cause, perhaps, of the almost universal homeliness of female faces among European works of art is the fact that the best of the masters never saw a handsome woman.” Esqueceu da relatividade histórica do tipo belo!

If Raphael had been wont to see everyday in Rome or Naples what he would now see everyday in New York, Baltimore, or Chicago, it would seem probable that, in his Sistine Madonna he would have preferred a face of, at least, moderate beauty, to the neurasthenic and anemic type that is there represented. [?]”

To the first and inevitable objection that will be made to all here said — namely, that beauty is a relative thing, the standard of which varies with age, race, and individual — the answer is found in the fact that the American type is today more adored in Europe than in America; that American girls are more in demand for foreign marriages than any other nationality; and that the professional beauties of London that stand highest are those who, in appearance and in character have come nearest the American type.” Isso se chama cultura hegemônica, e não um argumento de defesa – e um pouco de chauvinismo também…

The ruddiness or freshness, the health-suggesting and health-sustaining face of the English girl seem incomparable when partially veiled, or when a few rods away” HAHA. Uma obra não muito recomendável na parte estética… Beleza EXÓTICA!

The European woman steps with a firmer tread than the American, and with not so much lightness, pliancy, and grace. In a multitude, where both nations are represented, this difference is impressive.”

The grasp of the European woman is firmer and harder, as though on account of greater strength and firmness of muscle. In the touch of the hand of the American woman there is a nicety and tenderness that the English woman destroys by the force of the impact.”

3. CAUSES OF AMERICAN NERVOUSNESS

Punctuality is a greater thief of nervous force than is procrastination of time. We are under constant strain, mostly unconscious, often-times in sleeping as well as in waking hours, to get somewhere or do something at some definite moment.”

In Constantinople indolence is the ideal, as work is the ideal in London and New York”

There are those who prefer, or fancy they prefer, the sensations of movement and activity to the sensations of repose”

The telegraph is a cause of nervousness the potency of which is little understood. (…) prices fluctuated far less rapidly, and the fluctuations which now are transmitted instantaneously over the world were only known then by the slow communication of sailing vessels or steamships” “every cut in prices in wholesale lines in the smallest of any of the Western cities, becomes known in less than an hour all over the Union; thus competition is both diffused and intensified.”

Rhythmical, melodious, musical sounds are not only agreeable, but when not too long maintained are beneficial, and may be ranked among our therapeutical agencies.”

The experiments, inventions, and discoveries of Edison alone have made and are now making constant and exhausting draughts on the nervous forces of America and Europe, and have multiplied in very many ways, and made more complex and extensive, the tasks and agonies not only of practical men, but of professors and teachers and students everywhere” Um tanto utópico e nostálgico para um “médico pragmático”…

On the mercantile or practical side the promised discoveries and inventions of this one man have kept millions of capital and thousand of capitalists in suspense and distress on both sides of the sea.”

the commerce of the Greeks, of which classical histories talk so much, was more like play — like our summer yachting trips”

The gambler risks usually all that he has; while the stock buyer risks very much more than he has. The stock buyer usually has a certain commercial, social, and religious position, which is thrown into the risk, in all his ventures”

as the civilized man is constantly kept in check by the inhibitory power of the intellect, he appears to be far less emotional than the savage, who, as a rule, with some exceptions, acts out his feelings with comparatively little restraint.”

Love, even when gratified, is a costly emotion; when disappointed, as it is so often likely to be, it costs still more, drawing largely, in the growing years of both sexes, on the margin of nerve-force, and thus becomes the channel through which not a few are carried on to neurasthenia, hysteria, epilepsy, or insanity.”

A modern philosopher of the most liberal school states that he hates to hear one laugh aloud, regarding the habit, as he declares, a survival of barbarism.”

There are two institutions that are almost distinctively American — political elections and religious revivals”

My friend, presidents and politicians are chips and foam on the surface of the sea; they are not the sea; tossed up by the tide and left on the shore, but they are not the tide; fold your arms and go to bed, and most of the evils of this world will correct themselves, and, of those that remain, few will be modified by anything that you or I can do.”

The experiment attempted on this continent of making every man, every child, and every woman an expert in politics and theology is one of the costliest of experiments with living human beings, and has been drawing on our surplus energies with cruel extravagance for 100 years.” Agora, 250…

Protestantism, with the subdivision into sects which has sprung from it, is an element in the causation of the nervous diseases of our time. No Catholic country is very nervous, and partly for this—that in a Catholic nation the burden of religion is carried by the church.” Coitado do Brasil, trocando o certo pelo duvidoso assim…

The difference between Canadians and Americans is observed as soon as we cross the border, the Catholic church and a limited monarchy acting as antidotes to neurasthenia and allied affections. Protestant England has imitated Catholicism, in a measure, by concentrating the machinery of religion and taking away the burden from the people. It is stated —although it is supposed that this kind of statistics are unreliable— that in Italy insanity has been on the increase during these few years in which there has been civil and religious liberty in that country.”

The anxieties about the future, family, property, etc., are certainly so wearing on the negro, that some of them, without doubt, have expressed a wish to return to slavery.”

advances in science are not usually made by committees—indeed, are almost never made by them, least of all by government committees”

The people of this country have been pressed constantly with these 3 questions: How shall we keep from starving? Who is to be the next president? And where shall we go when we die? In a limited, narrow way, other nations have met these questions; at least two of them, that of starvation and that of the future life; but nowhere in ancient or modern civilization have these 3 questions been agitated so severely or brought up with such energy as here.”

Those who have acquired or have inherited wealth, are saved an important percentage of this forecasting and fore-worry”

The barbarian cares nothing for the great problems of life; seeks no solution — thinks of no solution of the mysteries of nature, and, after the manner of many reasoners in modern delusions, dismisses what he cannot at once comprehend as supernatural, and leaves it unsatisfactorily solved for himself, for others, and for all time”

Little account has been made of the fact that the old world is small geographically. The ancient Greeks knew only of Greece and the few outside barbarians who tried to destroy them. The discovery of America, like the invention of printing, prepared the way for modern nervousness; and, in connection with the telegraph, the railway, and the periodical press increased a hundred-fold the distresses of humanity.” The burning of Chicago—a city less than half a century old, on a continent whose existence was unknown a few centuries ago—becomes in a few hours the property of both hemispheres, and makes heavy drafts on the vitality not only of Boston and New York, but of London, Paris, and Vienna.”

Letter-writing is an index of nervousness; those nations who writes the most letters being the most nervous, and those who write scarcely at all, as the Turks and Russians, knowing nothing or but very little of it.”

The education of the Athenian boy consisted in play and games and songs, and repetitions of poems, and physical feats in the open air. His life was a long vacation, in which, as a rule, he rarely toiled as hard as the American lad in the intervals of his toil. (…) What they called work, gymnastics, competition games, and conversations on art and letters, is to us recreation.”

Up to a certain point work develops capacity for work; through endurance is evolved the power of greater endurance; force becomes the parent of force. But here, as in all animate nature, there are limitations of development which cannot be passed. The capacity of the nervous system for sustained work and worry has not increased in proportion to the demands for work and worry that are made upon it.”

GREEN COMMENT LAND: “Continuous and uniform cold as in Greenland, like continuous and uniform heat as on the Amazon, produces enervation and languor; but repeated alternations of the cold of Greenland and the heat of the Amazon produce energy, restlessness, and nervousness.”

The element of dryness of the air, peculiar of our climate as distinguished from that of Europe, both in Great Britain and on the Continent, is of the highest scientific and practical interest.” “On the nervous system this unusual dryness and thinness of the air have a many-sided influence; such as increase of headaches, neuralgias, and diminished capacity for sustaining cerebral toil.” The organs, pianos, and violins of America are superior to those made in Europe at the present time. This superiority is the result, not so much of greater skill, ingenuity, or experience, but—so far as I can learn, from conversing with experts in this line—from the greater dryness of the air, which causes the wood to season better than in the moist atmosphere of Europe.”

Moisture conducts electricity, and an atmosphere well charged with moisture, other conditions being the same, will tend to keep the electricity in a state of equilibrium, since it allows free and ready conduction at all times and in all directions.” In regions where the atmosphere is excessively dry, as in the Rocky Mountains, human beings—indeed all animals, become constantly acting lightning-rods, liable at any moment to be made a convenient pathway through which electricity going to or from the earth seeks an equilibrium.”

in the East our neuralgic and rheumatic patients, just before thunder-storms, are suddenly attacked by exquisite pains that at once disappear with the fair weather. There are those so sensitive that for 100 miles, and for a full day in advance, as Dr. Mitchell has shown, they can predict the approach of a storm.”

Dryness of the air, whether external or internal, likewise excites nervousness by heightening the rapidity of the processes of waste and repair in the organism, so that we live faster than in a moist atmosphere.”

one of the Manchester mill owners asserted that, during a season of dry weather, there was, in weaving alone, a loss of 5%, in quantity, and another loss of 5%, in quality; in spinning, also, an equal loss is claimed. To maintain moisture in mills, sundry devices have been tried, which have met, I believe, with partial success in practice.”

Even in our perfect Octobers, on days that are pictures of beauty and ideals of climate — just warm enough to be agreeable and stimulating enough not to be depressing, we yet remain in the house far more than Europeans are wont to do even in rainy or ugly seasons.” So what, Mr. Productive Media?

The English know nothing of summer, as we know of it — they have no days when it is dangerous, and scarcely any days when it is painful to walk or ride in the direct rays of the sun; and in winter, spring, and fall there are few hours when one cannot by proper clothing keep warm while moderately exercising.”

The Kuro Siwo stream of the Pacific, with its circuit of 18,000 miles, carries the warm water of the tropics towards the poles, and regulates in a manner the climate of Japan. Mr. Croll estimates that if the Gulf Stream were to stop, the annual temperature of London would fall 30 degrees [Farenheit], and England would become as cold as Nova Zembla. It is the influence of the Gulf Stream that causes London, that is 11° farther north than New York, to have an annual mean temperature but 2° lower.”

According to Miss Isabella Bird, who has recently published a work entitled Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, which is not only the very best work ever written on Japan, but one of the most remarkable works of travel ever written by man or woman, it seems that the Japanese suffer both from extremes of heat and cold, from deep snows and ice, and from the many weeks of sultriness such as oppress us in the US. The atmosphere of Japan is though far more moist than that of America, in that respect resembling some of the British Isles”

Our Meteorological Bureau has justified its existence and labors by demonstrating and popularizing the fact that our waves of extreme heat and of extreme cold and severe climatic perturbations of various kinds are born in or pass from the Pacific through these mountains and travel eastward, and hence their paths can be followed and their coming can be predicted with a measure of certainty.”

in the latter part of the winter and early spring—or what passes for spring, which is really a part of winter, and sometimes its worse part—there is more suffering from cold, more liability to disease, by taking cold, and more debility from long confinement in dry and overheated air than in early and mid-winter”

the strong races, like the Hebrews and Anglo-Saxons, succeed in nearly all climates, and are dominant wherever they go; but in unlimited or very extended time, race is a result of climate and environment.”

Savages may go to the most furious excesses without developing any nervous disease; they may gorge themselves, or they may go without eating for a week, they may rest in camp or they may go upon laborious campaigns, and yet never have nervous dyspepsia, sick-headache, hay-fever, or neuralgia.”

No people in the world are so careful of their diet, the quality and quantity of their food, and in regard to their habits of drinking, as the very class of Americans who suffer most from these neuroses.”

Alcohol only produces inebriety when it acts on a nervous system previously made sensitive. Alcoholism and inebriety are the products not of alcohol, but of alcohol plus a certain grade of nerve degeneration.”

But bad air, that is, air simply made impure by the presence of human beings, without any special contagion, seems powerless to produce disease of any kind, unless the system be prepared for it. Not only bad air, but bad air and filth combined, the Chinese of the lower orders endure both in this country and their own, and are not demonstrably harmed thereby (…) but impure air, plus a constitution drawn upon and weakened by civilization, is an exciting cause of nervous disease of immense force.”

The philosophy of the causation of American nervousness may be expressed in algebraic formula as follows: civilization in general + American civilization in particular (young and rapidly growing nation, with civil, religious, and social liberty) + exhausting climate (extremes of heat and cold, and dryness) + the nervous diathesis (itself a result of previously named factors) + overwork or overworry, or excessive indulgence of appetites or passions = an attack of neurasthenia or nervous exhaustion.”

Dr. Habsch, the chief oculist in Constantinople, says that the effect of tobacco upon the eyes is very problematical; that everybody smokes from morning to night, the men a great deal, the women a little less than the men, and the children smoke from the age of 7 and 8 years. He states that the number of cases of amaurosis [cegueira] is very limited. If expert oculists would examine the eyes of the Chinese, who smoke quite as much as the Turks, if not more, and smoke opium as well as tobacco, they would unquestionably confirm the conclusion of Dr. Habsch among the Turks. Dr. Habsch believes that in persons with a very delicate skin and conjunctiva [membrana mucosa que liga as pálpabras com o tecido ocular propriamente dito] among the Turks, smoking frequently causes chronic irritation, local congestion, profuse lachrymation, blepharitis ciliaris [inflamação dos cílios], and more or less intense redness of the eyelids. (cf. Dr. Webster on Amblyopia [Perda de visão] from the Use of Tobacco) [livro inexistente na web]”

The Hollanders, according to a most expert traveller, Edmondo De Amicis, are the greatest smokers of Europe; on entering a house, with the first greeting you are offered a cigar, and when you leave another is handed to you; many retire with a pipe in their mouth, re-light it if they awake during the night; they measure distances by smoke – to such a place by not so many miles but by so many pipes.” “Says one Hollander, smoke is our second breath; says another, the cigar is the 6th finger of the hand.”

Opium eating in China does not work in the way that the same habit does in the white races.” “when it is said of a Chinaman that he smokes opium, it is meant that he smokes to excess and has a morbid craving for it, just as with us the expression a man drinks means that he drinks too much”

It is clear that the habit of taking opium does not necessarily impair fertility, since large families are known among those who use opium, even to excess.”

Among my nervous patients I find very many who cannot digest vegetables, but must use them with much caution; but all China lives on vegetables, and indigestion is not a national disease. Many of the Chinese live in undrained grounds, in conditions favorable to ague and various fevers, but they do not suffer from these diseases, nor from diseases of the lungs and bronchial tubes, to the same extent as foreign residents there who do not use opium.”

I have been twice favored with the chance to study Africa in America. On the sea islands of the South, between Charleston and Savannah, there are thousands of negroes, once slaves, most of whom were born on those islands, who there will die, and who at no time have been brought into relation with our civilization, except so far as it is exhibited in a very few white inhabitants in the vicinity. Intellectually, they can be not very much in advance of their African ancestors; in looks and manners they remind me of the Zulus now exhibiting in America; for although since emancipation they have been taught by philanthropists, part of the time under governmental supervision, some of the elements of common school teaching, yet none of them have made, or are soon likely to make, any very important progress beyond those elements, and few, if any of them, even care to exercise the art of reading after it is taught them. Here, then, is a bit of barbarism at our door-steps; here, with our own eyes, and with the aid of those who live near them and employ them, I have sought for the facts of comparative neurology. There is almost no insanity among these negroes; there is no functional nervous disease or symptoms among them of any name or phase; to suggest spinal irritation, or hysteria of the physical form, or hay-fever, or nervous dyspepsia among these people is but to joke.” These primitive people can go, when required, for weeks and months sleeping but 1 or 2 hours out of the 24; they can labor for all day, or for 2 days, eating nothing or but little; hog and hominy and lish, all the year round, they can eat without getting dyspepsia; indulgence of passions several-fold greater, at least, than is the habit of the whites, either there or here, never injures them either permanently or temporarily; if you would find a virgin among them, it is said you must go to the cradle; alcohol, when they can get it, they drink with freedom, and become intoxicated like the whites, but rarely, indeed, manifest the symptoms of delirium-tremens, and never of chronic alcoholism”

These blacks cannot summon as much energy for a moment in an emergency as the whites, since they have less control over their energies, but in holding-on power, in sustained, continuous, unbroken muscular endurance, for hours and days, they surpass the whites.”

The West is where the East was a quarter of a century ago—passing more rapidly, as it would appear, through the same successive stages of development.”

4. LONGEVITY OF BRAIN-WORKERS AND THE RELATION OF AGE TO WORK

Without civilization there can be no nervousness; there is no race, no climate, no environment that can make nervousness and nervous disease possible and common save when reenforced by brain-work and worry and in-door life. This is the dark and, so far as it goes, truthful side of our theme; the brighter side is to be drawn in the present chapter.

Thomas Hughes, in his Life of Alfred the Great, makes a statement that <the world’s hardest workers and noblest benefactors have rarely been long-lived>. That any intelligent writer of the present day should make a statement so untrue shows how hard it is to destroy an old superstition.

The remark is based on the belief which has been held for centuries that the mind can be used only at the injurious expense of the body. This belief has been something more than a mere popular prejudice; it has been a professional dogma, and has inspired nearly all the writers on hygiene since medicine has been a science; and intellectual and promising youth have thereby been dissuaded from entering brain-working professions; and thus, much of the choicest genius has been lost to civilization; students in college have abandoned plans of life to which their tastes inclined, and gone to the farm or workshop; authors, scientists, and investigators in the several professions have thrown away the accumulated experience of the better half of life, and retired to pursuits as uncongenial as they were profitless. The delusion has, therefore, in 2 ways, wrought evil, specifically by depriving the world of the services of some of its best endowed natures, and generally by fostering a habit of accepting statement for demonstration.

Between 1864 and 1866 I obtained statistics on the general subject of the relation of occupation to health and longevity that convinced me of the error of the accepted teachings in regard to the effect of mental labor.”

The views I then advocated, and which I enforced by statistical evidence were:

1st. That the brain-working classes—clergymen, lawyers, physicians, merchants, scientists, and men of letters, lived much longer than the muscle-working classes.

2nd. That those who followed occupations that called both muscle and brain into exercise, were longer-lived than those who lived in occupations that were purely manual.

3rd. That the greatest and hardest brain-workers of history have lived longer on the average than brain-workers of ordinary ability and industry.

4th. That clergymen were longer-lived than any other great class of brain-workers. [QUE PRAGA!]

5th. That longevity increased very greatly with the advance of civilization; and that this increase was too marked to be explained merely by improved sanitary knowledge.

6th. That although nervous diseases increased with the increase of culture, and although the unequal and excessive excitements and anxieties attendant on mental occupations of a high civilization were so far both prejudicial to health and longevity, yet these incidental evils were more than counter-balanced by the fact that fatal inflammatory diseases have diminished in frequency and violence in proportion as nervous diseases have increased; an also that brain-work is, per se, healthful and conducive to longevity.”

the greater majority of those who die in any one of the three great professions — law, theology, and medicine — have, all their lives, from 21 upwards, followed that profession in which they died.”

I have ascertained the longevity of 500 of the greatest men in history. The list I prepared includes a large proportion of the most eminent names in all the departments of thought and activity. (…) the average age of those I have mentioned, I found to be 64.2. (…) the greatest men of the world have lived longer on the average than men of ordinary ability in the different occupations by 14 years” The value of this comparison is enforced by the consideration that longevity has increased with the progress of civilization, while the list I prepared represents every age of recorded history.” “I am sure that any chronology comprising from 100 to 500 of the most eminent personages in history, at any cycle, will furnish an average longevity of from 64 to 70 years. Madden, in his very interesting work The Infirmities of Genius, gives a list of 240 illustrious names, with their ages at death.”

IV comparative longevity of brain-workers

The full explanation of the superior longevity of the brain-working classes would require a treatise on the science of sociology, and particularly of the relation of civilization to health. The leading factors, accounting for the long life of those who live by brain-labor, are:

(…)

In the successful brain-worker worry is transferred into work; in the muscle-worker work too often degrades into worry.” “To the happy brain-worker life is a long vacation; while the muscle-worker often finds no joy in his daily toil, and very little in the intervals.”

Longevity is the daughter of comfort. Of the many elements that make up happiness, mental organization, physical health, fancy, friends, and money—the last is, for the average man, greater than any other, except the first.”

for a large number, sleep is a luxury of which they never have sufficient for real recuperation”

The nervous temperament, which usually predominates in brain-workers, is antagonistic to fatal, acute, inflammatory disease, and favorable to long life.”

Nervous people, if not too feeble, may die everyday. They do not die; they talk of death, and each day expect it, and yet they live. Many of the most annoying nervous diseases, especially of the functional, and some even of the structural varieties, do not rapidly destroy life, and are, indeed, consistent with great longevity.”

the nervous man can expose himself to malaria, to cold and dampness, with less danger of disease, and with less danger of death if he should contract disease, than his tough and hardy brother.”

In the conflict with fevers and inflammations, strength is often weakness, and weakness becomes strength—we are saved through debility.”

Still further, my studies have shown that, of distinctively nervous diseases, those which have the worst pathology and are the most hopeless, such as locomotor ataxia, progressive muscular atrophy, apoplexy with hemiplegia, and so on, are more common and more severe, and more fatal among the comparatively vigorous and strong, than among the most delicate and finely organized. Cancer, even, goes hardest with the hardy, and is most relievable in the nervous.”

Women, with all their nervousness—and in civilized lands, women are more nervous, immeasurably, than men, and suffer more from general and special nervous diseases—yet live quite as long as men, if not somewhat longer; their greater nervousness and far greater liability to functional diseases of the nervous system being compensated for by their smaller liability to certain acute and inflammatory disorders, and various organic nervous diseases, likewise, such as the general paralysis of insanity.”

Brain-workers can adapt their labor to their moods and hours and periods of greatest capacity for labor better than muscle-workers. In nearly all intellectual employments there is large liberty; literary and professional men especially, are so far masters of their time that they can select the hours and days for their most exacting and important work; and when from any cause indisposed to hard thinking, can rest and recreate, or limit themselves to mechanical details.”

Forced labor, against the grain of one’s nature, is always as expensive as it is unsatisfactory”

Even coarser natures have their moods, and the choicest spirits are governed by them; and they who worship their moods do most wisely; and those who are able to do so are the fortunate ones of the earth.”

Again, brain-workers do their best work between the ages of 25-45; before that period they are preparing to work; after that period, work, however extensive it may be, becomes largely accumulation and routine.” “It is as hard to lay a stone wall after one has been laying it 50 years as during the first year. The range of muscular growth and development is narrow, compared with the range of mental growth; the day-laborer soon reaches the maximum of his strength. The literary or scientific worker goes on from strength to strength, until what at 25 was impossible, and at 30 difficult, at 35 becomes easy, and at 40 a past-time.”

The number of illustrious names of history is by no means so great as is currently believed; for, as the visible stars of the firmament, which at a glance appear infinite in number, on careful estimate are reduced to a few thousands, so the galaxy of genius, which appears interminable on a comprehensive estimate, presents but few lights of immortal fame. Mr. Galton, in his Hereditary Genius, states that there have not been more than 400 great men in history.”

obscurity is no sure evidence of demerit, but only a probability of such”

Only in rare instances is special or general talent so allied with influence, or favor, or fortune, or energy that commands circumstances, that it can develop its full functions; <things are in the saddle and ride mankind>, environment commands the environed.”

The stars we see in the sky are but mites compared with the infinite orbs that shall never be seen; but no star is a delusion—each one means a world, the light of which very well corresponds to its size and distance from the earth and sun.” “Routine and imitation work can no more confer the fame that comes from work that is original and creative than the moon can take the place of the sun.”

It is this confounding of force with the results of force, of fame with the work by which fame is attained that causes philosophers to dispute, deny, or doubt, or to puzzle over the law of the relation of age to work, as here announced.

When the lightning flashes along the sky, we expect a discharge will soon follow, since light travels faster than sound; so some kinds of fame are more rapidly diffused than others, and are more nearly contemporaneous with their origin; but as a law, there is an interval — varying from years to hundreds of years — between the doing of any original work and the appreciation of that work by any considerable number of mankind that we call fame.

The great men that we know are old men; but they did the work that has made them great when they were young; in loneliness, in poverty, often, as well as under discouragement, and in neglected or despised youth has been achieved all that has advanced, all that is likely to advance mankind.”

In the man of genius, the idea starts where, in the man of routine, it leaves off.”

Original work—that done by geniuses who have thereby attained immortal fame, is the only kind of work that can be used as the measure of cerebral force in all our search for this law of the relation of work to the time of life at which work is done for the two-fold reason—first, that it is the highest and best measure of cerebral force; and, secondly, because it is the only kind of work that gives earthly immortality.”

Men do not long remember, nor do they earnestly reverence those who have done only what everybody can do. We never look up, unless the object at which we look is higher than ourselves; the forces that control the rise and fall of reputation are as inevitable and as remorseless as heat, light, and gravity; if a great man looms up from afar, it is because he is taller than the average man; else, he would pass below the horizon as we receded from him; factitious fame is as impossible as factitious heat, light, or gravity; if there be force, there must have been, somewhere, and at some time, a source whence that force was evolved.”

the strength of a man is his strength at his strongest point—what he can do in any one direction, at his very best. However weak and even puerile, immature, and non-expert one may be in all other directions except one, be gains an immortality of fame if, in that one direction he develops a phenomenal power; weaknesses and wickednesses, serious immoralities and waywardnesses are soon forgotten by the world, which is, indeed, blinded to all these defects in the face of the strong illumination of genius. Judged by their defects, the non-expert side of their character, moral or intellectual, men like Burns,¹ Shakespeare, Socrates, Cicero, Caesar, Napoleon, Beethoven, Mozart, Byron, Dickens, etc., are but as babes or lunatics, and far, very far below the standard of their fellows.”

¹ Poeta escocês, 1759-96.

SOBRE A PRECOCIDADE E “GASTO DA ENERGIA MENTAL”: “Men to whom these truths are repelling put their eyes on those in high positions and in the decline of life, like Disraeli or Gladstone, forgetting that we have no proof that either of these men have ever originated a new thought during the past 25 years, and that in all their contributions to letters during that time there is nothing to survive, or worthy to survive, their authors.

They point to Darwin, the occupation of whose old age has been to gather into form the thoughts and labors of his manhood and youth, and whose only immortal book was the product of his silver and golden decade.”

IV the relation of age to original work

The lives of some great men are not sufficiently defined to differentiate the period, much less the decade or the year of their greatest productive force. Such lives are either rejected, or only the time of death and the time of first becoming famous are noted; very many authors have never told the world when they thought-out or even wrote their masterpieces, and the season of publication is the only date that we can employ. These classes of facts, it will be seen, tell in favor of old rather than of young men, and will make the year of maximum production later rather than earlier, and cannot, therefore, be objected to by those who may doubt my conclusions.”

For those who have died young, and have worked in original lines up to the year of their death, the date of death has sometimes been regarded as sufficient. Great difficulty has been found in proving the dates of the labors of the great names of antiquity, and, therefore, many of them are necessarily excluded from consideration, but in an extended comparison between ancient and modern brain-workers, so far as history makes possible, there was but little or no difference.”

This second or supplementary list was analyzed in the same way as the primary list, and it was found that the law was true of these, as of those of greater distinction. The conclusion is just, scientific, and inevitable, that if we should go down through all the grades of cerebral force, we should find this law prevailing among medium and inferior natures, that the obscure, the dull, and the unaspiring accomplished the little they did in the direction of relatively original work in the brazen and golden decades.” Tenho 8 anos pela frente.

These researches were originally made as far back as 1870, and were first made public in lectures delivered by me before the Long Island Historical Society. The titles of the lectures were, Young Men in History, and the Decline of Moral Principle in Old Age.”

Finally, it should be remarked that the list has been prepared with absolute impartiality, and no name and no date has been included or omitted to prove any theory. The men who have done original or important work in advanced age, such as Dryden,¹ Radetzky,² Moltke,³ Thiers,4 De Foe,5 have all been noted, and are embraced in the average.”

¹ Poeta inglês, 1631-1700.

² Marechal, militar estrategista alemão que combateu inclusive Napoleão, vivendo ativo até uma idade avançada (1766-1858).

³ Provavelmente o Conde Adam Moltke (1710-1792), diplomata dinamarquês. Seu filho foi primeiro-ministro.

4 Marie Adolph –, político e escritor francês, 1797-1877, foi presidente eleito na França após a queda dos Bourbon.

5 Daniel Defoe viveu 71 anos e também foi ensaísta e publicou obras de não-ficção, além de seu maior sucesso.

The golden decade alone represents nearly 1/3 of the original work of the world. (…) The year of maximum productiveness is 39.”

All the athletes with whom I have conversed on this subject, the guides and lumbermen in the woods — those who have always lived solely by muscle — agree substantially to this: that their staying power is better between the ages of 35 and 45, than either before or after. To get the best soldiers, we must rob neither the cradle nor the grave; but select from those decades when the best brain-work of the world is done.”

Original work requires enthusiasm; routine work, experience.” “Unconsciously the people recognize this distinction between the work that demands enthusiasm and that which demands experience, for they prefer old doctors and lawyers, while in the clerical profession, where success depends on the ability to constantly originate and express thought, young men are the more popular, and old men, even of great ability, passed by. In the editorial profession original work is demanded, and most of the editorials of our daily press are written by young men. In the life of every old man there comes a point, sooner or later, when experience ceases to have any educating power; and when, in the language of Wall St., he becomes a bear; in the language of politics, a Bourbon.”

some of the greatest poets, painters, and sculptors, such as Dryden, Richardson, Cowper, Young, De Foe, Titian, Christopher Wren, and Michael Angelo, have done a part of their very best work in advanced life. The imagery both of Bacon and of Burke seemed to increase in richness as they grew older.

In the realm of reason, philosophic thought, invention and discovery, the exceptions are very rare. Nearly all the great systems of theology, metaphysics, and philosophy are the result of work done between 20 and 50.”

Michael Angelo and Sir Christopher Wren could wait for a quarter or even half a century before expressing their thoughts in St. Peter’s or St. Paul’s; but the time of the conception of those thoughts — long delayed in their artistic expression — was the time when their cerebral force touched its highest mark.

In the old age of literary artists, as Carlyle, Dickens, George Elliot, or Tennyson, the form may be most excellent; but from the purely scientific side the work though it may be good, is old; a repetition often-times, in a new form, of what they have said many times before.”

The philosophy of Bacon can never be written but once; to re-write it, to present it a 2nd time, in a different dress, would indicate weakness, would seem almost grotesque; but to statuary and painting we return again and again; we allow the artist to re-portray his thought, no matter how many times; we visit in succession a hundred cathedrals, all very much alike; and a delicious melody grows more pleasing with repetition; whence it is that in poetry — the queen of the arts — old age has wrought little, or not at all, since the essence of poetry is creative thought, and old age is unable to think; whence, also, in acting — the oldest of all the arts, the servant of all — the best experts are often at their best, or not far below their best, save for the acquisition of new characters, in the iron and wooden decades.”

Similarly with the art of writing—the style, the dress, the use of words, the art of expressing thoughts, and not of thinking. Men who have done their best thinking before 40 have done their best writing after that period.” it is thought, and not the language of thought, that best tests the creative faculties.”

The conversation of old men of ability, before they have passed into the stage of imbecility, is usually richer and more instructive than the conversation of the young; for in conversation we simply distribute the treasures of memory, as a store hoarded during long years of thought and experience. He who thinks as he converses is a poor companion, as he who must earn his money before he spends any is a poor man. When an aged millionnaire makes a liberal donation it costs him nothing; he but gives out of abundance that has resulted by natural accumulation from the labors of his youth and middle life.”

An amount of work not inconsiderable is done before 25 and a vast amount is done after 40; but at neither period is it usually of the original or creative sort that best measures the mental forces.” “In early youth we follow others; in old age we follow ourselves.”

The same law applies to animals. Horses live to be about 25, and are at their best from 8 to 14” “Dogs live 9 or 10 years, and are fittest for the hunt between 2 and 6.”

Children born of parents one or both of whom are between 25 and 40, are, on the average, stronger and smarter than those born of parents one or both of whom are very much younger or older than this.” “we are most productive when we are most reproductive [18-26??].”

In an interesting paper entitled When Women Grow Old, Mrs. Blake has brought facts to show that the fascinating power of the sex is often-times retained much longer than is generally assumed.

She tells us of Aspasia, who, between the ages of 30 and 50 was the strongest intellectual force in Athens; of Cleopatra, whose golden decade for power and beauty was between 30 and 40; of Livia, who was not far from 30 when she gained the heart of Octavius; of Anne of Austria, who at 38 was thought to be the most beautiful queen in Europe; of Catherine II of Russia, who, even at the silver decade was both beautiful and imposing; of Mademoiselle Mars, the actress, whose beauty increased with years, and culminated between 30 and 45; of Madame Recamier, who, between 25 and 40, and even later, was the reigning beauty in Europe; of Ninon de I’Enclos, whose own son — brought up without knowledge of his parentage — fell passionately in love with her when she was at the age of 37, and who even on her 60th birthday received an adorer young enough to be her grandson.

The voice of our great prima donnas is at its very best between 27 and 35; but still some retains, in a degree, its strength and sweetness even in the silver decade. The voice is an index of the body in all its functions, but the decay of other functions is not so readily noted.”

As a lad of 16, Lord Bacon began to think independently on great matters; at 44, published his great work on The Advancement of Learning; at 36, published 12 of his Essays; and at 60 collected the thoughts of his life in his Organum. His old age was devoted to scientific investigation.

At the age of 29, Descartes began to map out his system of philosophy, and at 41 began its publication, and at 54 he died.

Schelling, as a boy, studied philosophy, and at 24 was a brilliant and independent lecturer, and at 27 had published many important works; at 28 was professor of philosophy and arts, and wrote his best works before 50.

Dryden, one of the exceptions to the average, did his best work when comparatively old; his Absalom was written at 50, and his Alexander’s Feast when he was nearly 70.

Dean Swift wrote his Tale of a Tub at 35, and his Gulliver’s Travels at 59.”

Charles Dickens wrote Pickwick at 25, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby before 27, Christmas Chimes at 31, David Copperfield at 38, and Dombey and Son at 35. Thus we see that nearly all his greatest works were written before he was 40; and it is amazing how little all the writings of the last 20 years of his life took hold of the popular heart, in comparison with Pickwick and David Copperfield, and how little effect the most enormous advertising and the cumulative power of a great reputation really have to give a permanent popularity to writings that do not deserve it. If Dickens had died at 40 his claim to immortality would have been as great as now, and the world of letters would have been little, if any, the loser. The excessive methodical activity of his mature and advanced life could turn off works with fair rapidity; but all his vast experience and all his earnest striving failed utterly to reach the standard of his reckless boyhood. His later works were more perfect, perhaps, judged by some canons, but the genius of Pickwick was not in them.”

Edison with his 300 patents, is not the only young inventor. All inventors are young. Colt was a boy of 21 when he invented the famous weapon that bears his name; and Goodyear began his experiments in rubber while a young man of 24, and made his first success at 38, and at 43 had brought his discovery to approximate perfection.”

The name of Bichat is one of the greatest in science, and he died at 32.”

Handel at 19 was director of the opera at Hamburg; at 20 composed his first opera; at 35 was appointed manager of the Royal Theatre at London; at 25 composed Messiah and Jephtha, and in old age and blindness his intellect was clear and his power of performance remarkable.”

Luther early displayed eloquence, and at 20 began to study Aristotle;¹ at 29 was doctor of divinity, and when he would refuse it, it was said to him that <he must suffer himself to be dignified, for that God intended to bring about great things in the church by his name>; at 34 he opposed the Indulgencies, and set up his 95 propositions; at 37 he publicly burned the Pope’s bull; at 47 he had completed his great task.”

¹ Realmente é impossível derivar prazer de ler Aristóteles antes dessa idade, senão uma ainda mais avançada!

Von Moltke between 65 and 70 directed the operation of the great war of Prussia against Austria and France. But that war was but a conclusion and consummation of military study and organization that had been going on for a quarter of a century.”

Jenner at 21 began his investigation into the difference between cow-pox and small-pox. His attention was called to the subject by the remark of a country girl, who said in his hearing that she could not have the small-pox, because she had had the cow-pox.” Varíola e varíola bovina. Bom… realmente existem ovos de Colombo!

old men, like nations, can show their treasures of art long after they have begun to die; this, indeed, is one of the sweetest and most refreshing compensations for age”

A contemporary deader in science (Huxley) has asserted that it would be well if all men of science could be strangled at the age of 60, since after that age their disposition — with possible exceptions here and there — is to become reactionary and obstructionists”

Se um homem não é belo aos 20, forte aos 30, experiente aos 40 e rico aos 50, ele jamais será belo, forte, experiente ou rico neste mundo.” Lutero

Só começamos a contar nossos anos quando já não há nada mais a ser contado” Emerson

Procrastinamos nossos trabalhos literários até termos experiência e habilidade o bastante, até um dia descobrirmos que nosso talento literário era uma efervescência juvenil que finalmente perdemos.” E.

Quem em nada tem razão aos 30, nunca terá.”

Revoluções não são feitas por homens de óculos, assim como sussurros contendo verdades novas nunca são ouvidos por quem já entrou na idade da surdez” Oliver Holmes

Como pode ser que “o povo da minha rua” seja, para tantos indivíduos, a gente mais burra de toda a Terra? E, pior ainda, que todos que o dizem pareçam estar com a razão?!

Dizem que os jovens são os únicos que não escutam a voz da razão na discussão sobre a verdadeira idade da razão ser a juventude, e não a velhice. Ou eles estão errados ou eles estão errados.

It is not in ambitious human nature to be content with what we have been enabled to achieve up to the age of 40. (…) Happiness may augment with years, because of better external conditions; and yet the highest happiness is obtained through work itself more than through the reward of work”

a wise man declared that he would like to be forever 35, and another, on being asked his age, replied that it was of little account provided that it was anywhere between 25 and 40.”

$$$: “Capacity for original work age does not have, but in compensation it has almost everything else. The querulousness of age, the irritability, the avarice are the resultants partly of habit and partly of organic and functional changes in the brain. Increasing avarice is at once the tragedy and the comedy of age; as we near the end of our voyage we become more chary of our provisions, as though the ocean and not the harbor were before us.” “our intellectual ruin very often dates from the hour when we begin to save money.” A do meu pai começou quando criança.

PORQUE SIM, PORQUE EU MANDEI – POR QUE VOCÊ É ASSIM? NÃO RESPEITA SEU PAI, NÃO? POR QUE NÃO FAZ UM DOUTORADO? POR QUE NÃO COMPRA UM CARRO? “Moral courage is rare in old age; sensitiveness to criticism and fear of opposition take the place, in the iron and wooden decades, of delight in criticism and love of opposition of the brazen and golden decades” Nostalgic UnB times…

fame like wealth makes us cautious, conservative, cowardly, since it implies the possibility of loss.”

when the intellect declines the man is obliged to be virtuous. Physical health is also needed for indulgence in many of the vices”

The decline of the moral faculties in old age may be illustrated by studying the lives of the following historic characters: Demosthenes, Cicero, Sylla, Charles V, Louis XIV, Frederic of Prussia, Napoleon (prematurely old), Voltaire, Jeffries, Dr. Johnson, Cromwell, Burke, Sheridan, Pope, Newton, Ruskin, Carlyle, Dean Swift, Chateaubriand, Rousseau, Milton, Bacon, Earl Pussell, Marlborough and Daniel Webster. In some of these cases the decline was purely physiological, in others pathological; in the majority it was a combination of both.

Very few decline in all the moral faculties. One becomes peevish, another avaricious, another misanthropic, another mean and tyrannical, another exacting and ugly, another sensual, another cold and cruelly conservative, another excessively vain and ambitious, others simply lose their moral enthusiasm and their capacity for resisting disappointment and temptation.”

There are men who in extreme age preserve their teeth sound, their hair unchanged, their complexion fresh, their appetite sharp and digestion strong and sure, and their repose sweet and refreshing, and who can walk and work to a degree that makes their children and grandchildren feel very humble; but these observed exceptions in no way invalidate the general law, which no one will dispute, that the physical powers reach their maximum between 20 and 40, and that the average man at 70 is less muscular and less capable of endurance than the average man at 40.”

For age hath opportunity no less

Than youth itself, though in another dress;

And as the evening twilight fades away,

The sky is filled with stars invisible by day.”

Longfellow

To age is granted in increasing richness the treasures of memory and the delights of recognition which most usually come from those who, at the time of the deeds whose value they recognize, were infants or unborn; only those who bury their contemporaries, can obtain, during their own lifetime, the supremacy of fame.”

POR QUE CRIANÇAS PRODÍGIO SÃO A MAIOR FALSIFICAÇÃO POSSÍVEL: “Mrs. Carlyle, when congratulated on the honors given to her husband on the delivery of his Edinburgh address, replied with a certain disdain, as though he should have been honored before; but only by a reversal of the laws of the evolution of fame shall the manifestation of genius and the recognition of genius be simultaneous.”

The high praise of contemporaries is almost insulting, since it implies that he whom they honor is but little better than themselves. Permanent fame, even in this rapid age [!!], is a plant of slow growth—first the blade; then, after a time, the ear; then, after many, many years, the full corn in the ear”

MEU COPYDESK E EU DE 2015 PARA CÁ SENTIMO-NOS ASSIM: “while the higher power of creating is disappearing, the lower, but for many the more needful, and with contemporaries more quickly appreciated, power of imitation, repetition, and routine, is increasing; we can work without working, and enjoy without striving”

O TRABALHO MATA AOS POUCOS: “An investigation made more recently by a Berlin physician into the facts and data relating to human longevity shows the average age of clergymen to be 65; of merchants, 63; clerks and farmers, 61; military men, 59; lawyers, 58; artists, 57; and medical men, 56 [!]. Statistics are given showing that medical men in England stand high in the scale of longevity. Thus, the united ages of 28 physicians who died there last year, amount to 2,354 years, giving an average of more the 84 years to each [!]. The youngest of the number was 80; the oldest, 93; 2 others were 92 and 89, respectively; 3 were 87, and 4 were 86 each; and there were also more than 50 who averaged from 74 to 75 years.”

That precocity predicts short life, and is therefore a symptom greatly to be feared by parents, has, I believe, never been questioned. (…) plants that are soon to bloom are soon to fade”

APOSTO MINHA VIDA QUE MORREREI ANTES DE A.: “It is probable that, of two individuals with precisely similar organizations and under similar circumstances, the one that develops earlier will be the first to die.”

MINHA ‘GENÉTICA’ NÃO AJUDA: “millionnaires in intellect as well as in money, who can afford to expend enormous means without becoming impoverished.”

Investigating the records of the past two centuries, Winterburn finds 213 recorded cases of acknowledged musical prodigies. None of them died before their 15th year, some attained the age of 103 — and the average duration of life was 58 — showing that, with all their abnormal precocity, they exceed the ordinary longevity by about 6%.”

an almost irresistible impulse to the art in which they are destined to excel manifests itself in future virtuosi— in poets, painters, etc., from their earliest youth.” Wieland

Uma idéia de filme bem ruim: O ESCRITOR NOVATO DE 40 ANOS!

A infância revela o homem, como a manhã revela o dia.” Milton

Madden – Infirmities of Genius (downloads)

MEMENTO À “PROFESSORA SORRISO”: “The stupidity attributed to men of genius may be really the stupidity of their parents, guardians, and biographers.”

Music and drawing appeal to the senses, attract attention, and are therefore appreciated, or at least observed by the most stupid parents, and noted even in the most superficial biographies. Philosophic and scientific thought, on the contrary, does not at once, perhaps may never, reveal itself to the senses—it is locked up in the cerebral cells; in the brain of that dull, pale youth, who is kicked for his stupidity and laughed at for his absent-mindedness, grand thoughts may be silently growing”

Newton, according to his own account, was very inattentive to his studies and low in his class, but a great adept at kite-flying, with paper lanterns attached to them, to terrify the country people, of a dark night, with the appearance of comets; and when sent to market with the produce of his mother’s farm, was apt to neglect his business, and to ruminate at an inn, over the laws of Kepler.”

This belief is strengthened by the consideration that many, perhaps the majority, of the greatest thinkers of the world seemed dull, inane, and stupid to their neighbors, not only in childhood but through their whole lives.”

It is probable, however, that nearly all cases of apparent stupidity in young geniuses are to be explained by the want of circumstances favorable to the display of their peculiar powers, or to a lack of appreciation or discernment on the part of their friends.”

As compared with the world, the most liberal curriculum is narrow; to one avenue of distinction that college opens, the world opens ten.”

GREAT precocity, like GREAT genius, is rare.”

O GÊNIO & O GENIOSO: “There is in some children a petty and morbid smartness that is sometimes mistaken for precocity, but which in truth does not deserve that distinction.”

A DOENÇA DE STEWIE: “Petty smartness is often-times a morbid symptom; it comes from a diseased brain, or from a brain in which a grave predisposition to disease exists; such children may die young, whether they do or do not early exhibit unusual quickness.”

A AMEBA SUPREMACISTA: “M.D. Delaunay has addressed to the Societé de Biologie a communication in which he takes the ground that precocity indicates biological inferiority. To prove this he states that the lower species develop more rapidly than those of a higher order; man is the slowest of all in developing and reaching maturity, and the lower orders are more precocious than the higher. As proof of this he speaks of the children of the Esquimaux, negroes, Cochin Chinese, Japanese, Arabs, etc. (…) He also states that women are more precocious than men”

THE RECURRING THEME: “The highest genius, as here and elsewhere seen, never repeats itself; very great men never have very great children; and in biological analysis, geniuses who are very precocious may be looked upon as the last of their race or of their branch—from them degeneracy is developed; and this precocity, despite their genius, may be regarded as the forerunner of that degeneracy.”

Leibniz, at 12 understood Latin authors well, and wrote a remarkable production; Gassendi, <the little doctor>, preached at 4; and at 10 wrote an important discourse; Goethe, before 10, wrote in several languages; Meyerbeer, at 5, played remarkably well on the piano; Niebuhr, at 7, was a prodigy, and at 12 had mastered 18 languages [QUÊ?!]; Michael Angelo at 19 had attained a very high reputation; at 20 Calvin was a fully-fledged reformer, and at 24 published great works on theology that have changed the destiny of the world; Jonathan Edwards, at 10, wrote a paper refuting the materiality of the soul, and at 12 was so amazingly precocious that it was predicted of him that he would become another Aristotle; at 20 Melanchthon was so learned that Erasmus exclaimed: <My God! What expectations does not Philip Melanchthon create!>.”

In order that a great man shall appear, a double line of more or less vigorous fathers and mothers must fight through the battles for existence and come out triumphant. However feeble the genius may be, his parents or grandparents are usually strong; or if not especially strong, are long-lived. Great men may have nervous if not insane relatives; but the nervous temperament holds to life longer than any other temperament. (…) in him, indeed, the branch of the race to which he belongs may reach its consummation, but the stock out of which he is evolved must be vigorous, and usually contains latent if not active genius.”

The cerebral and muscular forces are often correlated; the brain is a part of the body. This view, though hostile to the popular faith, is yet sound and supportable; a large and powerful brain in a small and feeble body is a monstrosity.”

a hundred great geniuses, chosen by chance, will be larger than a hundred dunces anywhere — will be broader, taller, and more weighty.”

In any band of workmen on a railway, you shall pick out the <boss> by his size alone: and be right 4 times out of 5.”

In certain of the arts extraordinary gifts may lift their possessor into fame with but little effort of his own, but the choicest seats in the temples of art are given only to those who have earned them by the excellence that comes from consecutive effort, which everywhere test the vital power of the man.”

One does not need to practice medicine long to learn that men die that might just as well live if they had resolved to live and that many who are invalids could become strong if they had the native or acquired will to vow that they would do so. Those who have no other quality favorable to life, whose bodily organs are nearly all diseased, to whom each day is a day of pain, who are beset by life-shortening influences, yet do live by the determination to live alone.”

the pluck of the Anglo-Saxon is shown as much on the sick-bed as in Wall Street or on the battlefield.” “When the negro feels the hand of disease pressing upon him, however gently, all his spirit leaves him.”

INNER VOW: “they live, for the same reason that they become famous; they obtain fame because they will not be obscure; they live because they will not die.”

it is the essence of genius to be automatic and spontaneous. Many a huckster or corner tradesman expends each day more force in work or fretting than a Stewart or a Vanderbilt.”

As small print most tires the eyes, so do little affairs the most disturb us” “the nearer our cares come to us the greater the friction; it is easier to govern an empire than to train a family.”

Great genius is usually industrious, for it is its nature to be active; but its movements are easy, frictionless, melodious. There are probably many school-boys who have exhausted themselves more over a prize composition than Shakespeare over Hamlet, or Milton over the noblest passages in Paradise Lost.”

So much has been said of the pernicious effects of mental labor, of the ill-health of brain-workers of all classes, and especially of clergymen, that very few were prepared to accept the statement that the clergy of this country and of England lived longer than any other class, except farmers; and very naturally a lurking fallacy was suspected. Other observers, who have since given special attention to the subject, have more than confirmed this conclusion, and have shown that clergymen are longer lived than farmers.” “A list of 10,000 is sufficient and more than sufficient for a generalization; for the second 5,000 did nothing more than confirm the result obtained by the first. It is fair and necessary to infer that if the list were extended to 10,000, 20,000, or even 100,000, the average would be found about the same.” “In their manifold duties their whole nature is exercised — not only brain and muscle in general, but all, or nearly all, the faculties of the brain — the religious, moral, and emotional nature, as well as the reason. Public speaking, when not carried to the extreme of exhaustion, is the best form of gymnastics that is known; it exercises every inch of a man, from the highest regions of the brain to the smallest muscle.” “The average income of the clergymen of the leading denominations of this country in active service as pastors of churches (including salary, house rent, wedding fees, donations, etc.), is between $800 and $1000, which is probably not very much smaller than the net income of all other professional classes. Furthermore, the income of clergymen in active service is collected and paid with greater certainty and regularity, and less labor of collection on their part, than the income of any other class except, perhaps, government officials; then, again, their earnings, whether small or great, come at once, as soon as they enter their profession, and is not, as with other callings, built up by slow growth.” “Merchants now make, always have made, and probably always will make, most of the money of the world; but business is attended with so much risk and uncertainty, and consequent anxiety, that merchants die sooner than clergymen, and several years sooner than physicians and lawyers.” “During the past 15 years, there has been a tendency, which is now rapidly increasing, for the best endowed and best cultured minds of our colleges to enter other professions, and the ministry has been losing, while medicine, business, and science have been gaining.”

There are those who come into life thus weighted down, not by disease, not by transmitted poison in the blood, but by the tendency to disease, by a sensitiveness to evil and enfeebling forces that seems to make almost every external influence a means of torture; as soon as they are born, debility puts its terrible bond upon them, and will not let them go, but plays the tyrant with them until they die. Such persons in infancy are often on the point of dying, though they may not die; in childhood numberless physical ills attack them and hold them down, and, though not confining them to home, yet deprive them, perhaps, of many childish delights; in early maturity an army of abnormal nervous sensations is waiting for them, the gauntlet of which they must run if they can; and throughout life every function seems to be an enemy.

The compensations of this type of organization are quite important and suggestive, and are most consolatory to sufferers. Among these compensations, this perhaps is worthy of first mention — that this very fineness of temperament, which is the source of nervousness, is also the source of exquisite pleasure. Highly sensitive natures respond to good as well as evil factors in their environment, salutary as well as pernicious stimuli are ever operating upon them, and their capacity for receiving, for retaining, and for multiplying the pleasures derived from external stimuli is proportionally greater than that of cold and stolid organizations: if they are plunged into a deeper hell, they also rise to a brighter heaven (…) art, literature, travel, social life, and solitude, pour out on them their selected treasures; they live not one life but many lives, and all joy is for them variously multiplied. To such temperaments the bare consciousness of living, when life is not attended by excessive exhaustion or by pain, or when one’s capacity for mental or muscular toil is not too closely tethered, is often-times a supreme felicity. The true psychology of happiness is gratification of faculties, and when the nervous are able to indulge even moderately and with studied caution and watchful anxiety their controlling desires of the nobler order, they may experience an exquisiteness of enjoyment that serves, in a measure, to reward them for their frequent distresses.”

The physician who collects his fee before his patient has quite recovered, does a wise thing, since it will be paid more promptly and more gratefully than after the recovery is complete.”

Nervous organizations are rarely without reminders of trouble that they escape — their occasional wakefulness and indigestion, their headaches and backaches and neuralgias, their disagreeable susceptibility to all evil influences that may act on the constitution, keep them ever in sight of the possibility of wliat they might have been, and suggest to them sufferings that others endure, but from which they are spared.”

While it is true that pain is more painful than its absence is agreeable, so that we think more of what is evil than of what is good in our environment, and dwell longer on the curses than the blessings of our lot, and fancy all others happier than ourselves, yet it is true likewise that our curses make the blessings more blissful by contrast”

There are those who though never well are yet never sick, always in bondage to debility and pain, from which absolute escape is impossible, yet not without large liberty of labor and of thought” “Such persons may be exposed to every manner of poison, may travel far and carelessly with recklessness, even may disregard many of the prized rules of health; may wait upon and mingle with the sick, and breathe for long periods the air of hospitals or of fever-infested dwellings, and come out apparently unharmed.”

This recuperative tendency of the nervous system is stronger, often-times, than the accumulating poison of disease, and overmasters the baneful effects of unwise medication and hygiene. Between the ages of 25 and 35, especially, the constitution often consolidates as well as grows, acquires power as well as size, and throws off, by a slow and invisible evolution, the subtile habits of nervous disease, over which treatment the most judicious and persistent seems to have little or no influence. There would appear to be organizations which at certain times of life must needs pass through the dark valley of nervous depression, and who cannot be saved therefrom by any manner of skill or prevision; who must not only enter into this valley, but, having once entered, cannot turn back: the painful, and treacherous, and agonizing horror, wisdom can but little shorten, and ordinary misdoing cannot make perpetual; they are as sure to come out as to go in; health and disease move in rhythm; the tides in the constitution are as demonstrable as the tides of the ocean, and are sometimes but little more under human control.” It is an important consolation for those who are in the midst of an attack of sick-headache, for example, that the natural history of the disease is in their favor. In a few days at the utmost, in a few hours frequently, the storm will be spent, and again the sky will be clear, and perhaps far clearer than before the storm arose.” nearly all severe pain is periodic, intermittent, rhythmical: the violent neuralgias are never constant, but come and go by throbs, and spasms, and fiercely-darting agonies, the intervals of which are absolute relief. After the exertion expended in attacks of pain, the tired nerve-atoms must need repose. Sometimes the cycles of debility, alternating with strength, extend through long years — a decade of exhaustion being followed by a decade of vigor.”

There are those who pass through an infancy of weakness and suffering and much pain, and through a childhood and early manhood in which the game of life seems to be a losing one, to a healthy and happy maturity; all that is best in their organizations seems to be kept in reserve, as though to test their faith, and make the boon of strength more grateful when it comes.”

Perfect health is by no means the necessary condition of long life; in many ways, indeed, it may shorten life; grave febrile and inflammatory diseases are invited and fostered by it, and made fatal, and the self-guarding care, without which great longevity is almost impossible, is not enforced or even suggested.” “Headaches, and backaches, and neuralgias, are safety-valves through which nerve-perturbations escape, and which otherwise might become centres of accumulated force, and break forth with destruction beyond remedy. The liability to sudden attacks of any form of pain, or distress, or discomfort, under overtoil or from disregard of natural law, is, so far forth, a blessing to its possessor, making imperative the need of foresight and practical wisdom in the management of health, and warning us in time to avoid irreparable disaster. The nervous man hears the roar of the breakers from afar, while the strong and phlegmatic steers boldly, blindly on, until he is cast upon the shore, often-times a hopeless wreck.”

A neurastenia também tem o nome de “cãibra do escritor”. No trecho a seguir, a referida “cãibra” está mais próxima de um surto neurastênico agudo, do qual, defende Beard, o ‘nervoso típico’ está protegido: “Those who are sensitive, and nervous, and delicate, whom every external or internal irritation injures, and who appreciate physical injury instantly, as soon as the exciting cause begins to act, cannot write long enough to get writer’s cramp; they are warned by uneasiness or pain, by weariness, local or general, and are forced to interrupt their labors before there has been time to receive a fixed or persistent disease.” “had they been feeble they would have been unable to persevere in the use of the pen so as to invite permanent nervous disorder.” Without such warnings they might have continued in a life of excessive friction and exhausting worry, and never have suspected that permanent invalidism was in waiting for them, until too late to save themselves either by hygiene or medication. When a man is prostrated nervously, all the forces of nature rush to his rescue; but the strong man, once fully fallen, rallies with difficulty, and the health-evolving powers may find a task to which, aided or unaided, they are inadequate.”

The history of the world’s progress from savagery to barbarism, from barbarism to civilization, and, in civilization, from the lower degrees towards the higher, is the history of increase in average longevity, corresponding to and accompanied by increase of nervousness. Mankind has grown to be at once more delicate and more enduring, more sensitive to weariness and yet more patient of toil, impressible but capable of bearing powerful irritation: we are woven of finer fibre, which, though apparently frail, yet outlasts the coarser, as rich and costly garments often-times wear better than those of rougher workmanship.”

Among our educated classes there are nervous invalids in large numbers, who have never known by experience what it is to be perfectly well or severely ill, whose lives have been not unlike a march through a land infested by hostile tribes, that ceaselessly annoy in front and on flank, without ever coming to a decisive conflict, and who, in advanced age, seem to have gained wariness, and toughness, and elasticity, by the long discipline of caution, of courage, and of endurance; and, after having seen nearly all their companions, whose strength they envied, struck down by disease, are themselves spared to enjoy, it may be, their best days, at a time when, to the majority, the grasshopper becomes a burden, and life each day a visibly losing conflict with death.” “the irritability, the sensitiveness, the capriciousness of the constitution, between the ages of 15 and 45, have, in a degree, disappeared, and the system has acquired a certain solidity, steadiness, and power; and thus, after a long voyage against opposing winds and fretting currents, they enter the harbor in calmness and peace.”

MEU SÉCULO ME IMPEDE DE COMPARTILHAR DESTE OTIMISMO: “It may be doubted whether, in the history of disease of any kind, there has been made so decided and so satisfactory an advance as has been made within the last quarter of a century, in the treatment of nervousness in its various manifestations.” “One great factor in the modern treatment of these functional nervous diseases is individualization, no two cases being treated precisely alike, but each one being studied by itself alone. Among wise physicians, the day for wholesale treatment of nervous diseases can never return. The result of all this progress is, that thousands who formerly would have suffered all their lives, and with no other relief except that which comes from the habitual addiction to narcotics, can now be cured, or permanently relieved, or at least put into working order where they are most useful and happy.” if all new modes of action of nerve-force are to be so many added pathways to sorrow,—if each fresh discovery or invention is to be matched by some new malady of the nerves,—if insanity and epilepsy and neurasthenia, with their retinue of neuroses, through the cruel law of inheritance, are to be organized in families, descending in fiery streams throught the generations, we yet have this assurance,—that science, with keen eyes and steps that are not slow, is seeking and is finding means of prevention and of relief.”

5. PHYSICAL FUTURE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE [epílogo cagado e ‘poliânico’ totalmente desnecessário]

This increase of neuroses cannot be arrested suddenly; it must yet go on for at least 25 or 50 years, when all of these disorders shall be both more numerous and more heterogenous than at present. But side by side with these are already developing signs of improved health and vigor that cannot be mistaken; and the time must come—not unlikely in the first half of the 20th century—when there will be a halt or retrograde movement in the march of nervous diseases, and while the absolute number of them may be great, relatively to the population, they will be less frequent than now; the evolution of health, and the evolution of nervousness, shall go on side by side.”

Health is the offspring of relative wealth.” “febrile and inflammatory disorders, plagues, epidemics, great accidents and catastrophes even, visit first and last and remain longest with those who have no money.” the absence of all but forced vacations—the result, and one of the worst results, of poverty—added to the corroding force of envy, and the friction of useless struggle,—all these factors that make up or attend upon simple want of money, are in every feature antagonistic to health and longevity. Only when the poor become absolute paupers, and the burden of life is taken from them and put upon the State or public charity, are they in a condition of assured health and long life.” “The inmates of our public institutions of charity of the modern kind are often the happiest of men, blessed with an environment, on the whole, far more salubrious than that to which they have been accustomed, and favorably settled for a serene longevity.” “For the same reasons, well-regulated jails are healthier than many homes, and one of the best prescriptions for the broken-down and distressed is for them to commit some crime.”

A fat bank account tends to make a fat man; in all countries, amid all stages of civilization and semi-barbarism, the wealthy classes have been larger and heavier than the poor.” “In India this coincidence of corpulence and opulence has been so long observed that it is instinctively assumed; and certain Brahmins, it is said, in order to obtain the reputation of wealth, studiously cultivate a diet adapted to make them fat.”

The majority of our Pilgrim Fathers in New England, and of the primitive settlers in the Southern and Middle States, really knew but little of poverty in the sense in which the term is here used. They were an eminently thrifty people, and brought with them both the habits and the results of thrift to their homes in the New World. Poverty as here described is of a later evolution, following in this country, as in all others, the pathway of a high civilization.”

the best of all antidotes and means of relief for nervous disease is found in philosophy.” Thus it is in part that Germany, which in scientific and philosophic discovery does the thinking for all nations, and which has added more to the world’s stock of purely original ideas than any other country, Greece alone excepted, is less nervous than any other nation; thus it is also that America, which in the same department has but fed on the crumbs that fall from Germany’s table, has developed a larger variety and number of functional nervous diseases than all other nations combined.”

The capacity for growth in any given direction, physical or mental, is always limited; no special gift of body or mind can be cultivated beyond a certain point, however great the tenderness and care bestowed upon it.”

In man, that higher operation of the faculties which we call genius is hereditary, transmissible, running through and in families as demonstrably as pride or hay-fever, the gifts as well as the sins of the fathers being visited upon the children and the children’s children; general talent, or some special talent, in one or both parents rises and expands in immediate or remote offspring, and ultimately flowers out into a Socrates, a Shakespeare, a Napoleon, and then falls to the ground”

That a single family may rise to enduring prominence and power, it is needful that through long generations scores of families shall endure poverty and pain and struggle with cruel surroundings”

The America of the future, as the America of the present, must be a nation where riches and culture are restricted to the few—to a body, however, the personnel of which is constantly changing.”

Inebriety being a type of the nervous diseases of the family to which it belongs, may properly be here defined and differentiated from the vice and habit of drinking with which it is confounded. The functional nervous disease inebriety, or dipsomania, differs from the simple vice of drinking to excess in these respects:

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The simple habit of drinking even to an extreme degree may be broken up by pledges or by word promises or by quiet resolution, but the disease inebriety can be no more cured in this way than can neuralgia or sick-headache, or neurasthenia, or hay-fever, or any of the family of diseases to which it belongs.

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Of the nervous symptoms that precede, or accompany, or follow inebriety, are tremors, hallucinations, insomnia, mental depressions, and attacks of trance, to which I give the term alcoholic trance.

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even drunkenness in a parent or grandparent may develop in children epilepsy or insanity, or neurasthenia or inebriety.

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The attacks of inebriety may be periodical; they may appear once a month, and with the same regularity as chills and fever or sick-headache, and far more regularly than epilepsy, and quite independent of any external temptation or invitation to drink, and oftentimes are as irresistible and beyond the control of will as spasms of epilepsy or the pains of neuralgia or the delusions of insanity. Inebriety is not so frequent among the classes that drink excessively as among those who drink but moderately, although their ancestors may have been intemperate; it is most frequent in the nervous and highly organized classes, among the brain-workers, those who have lived indoors; there is more excessive drinking West and South than in the East, but more inebriety in the East.”

probably no country outside of China uses, in proportion to population, so much opium as America, and as the pains and nervousness and debility that tempt to the opium habit are on the increase, the habit must inevitably develop more rapidly in the future than in the past; of hay-fever there must, in a not very distant time, be at least 100,000 cases in America, and in the 20th century hundreds of thousands of insane and neurasthenics.”

There must be, also, an increasing number of people who cannot bear severe physical exercise. Few facts relating to this subject are more instructive than this — the way in which horseback-riding is borne by many in modern times. In our country, I meet with large numbers who cannot bear the fatigue of horseback-riding, which used to be looked upon — possibly is looked upon to-day — as one of the best forms of exercise, and one that is recommended as a routine by physicians who are not discriminating in dealing with nervously-exhausted patients.” The greatest possible care and the best judgment are required in prescribing and adapting horseback-riding to nervous individuals of either sex; it is necessary to begin cautiously, to go on a walk for a few moments; and even after long training excess is followed by injury, in many cases.”

ANTIRRUBENISMO: “If either extreme is to be chosen, it is well, on the whole, to err on the side of rest rather than on the side of excess of physical exertion.”

Why Education is behind other Sciences and Arts? Schools and colleges everywhere are the sanctuaries of medievalism, since their aim and their powers are more for retaining what has been discovered than for making new discoveries; consequently we cannot look to institutions or organizations of education for the reconstruction of that system by which they enslave the world and are themselves enslaved. It is claimed by students of Chinese character that that great nation has been kept stationary through its educational policy — anchored for centuries to competitive examinations which their strong nerves can bear while they make no progress. In a milder way, and in divers and fluctuating degrees, all civilized nations take their inspiration from China, since it is the office and life of teaching to look backward rather than forward; in the relations of men as in physics, force answers to force, and as the first, like the second childhood is always reactionary, a class of youths tend by their collective power to bring the teacher down more than he can lift them up. Only conservative natures are fond of teaching; organizations are always in the path of their own reconstruction; mediocrity begets mediocrity, attracts it, and is attracted by it. Whence all our institutions become undying centres of conservatism. The force that reconstructs an organization must come from outside the body that is to be reconstructed.”

The Gospel of Rest. The gospel of work must make way for the gospel of rest. The children of the past generation were forced, driven, stimulated to work, and in forms most repulsive, the philosophy being that utility is proportioned to pain; that to be happy is to be doing wrong, hence it is needful that studies should not only be useless but repelling, and should be pursued by those methods which, on trial, proved the most distressing, wearisome, and saddening. That this philosophy has its roots in a certain truth psychology allows, but the highest wisdom points also to another truth, the need of the agreeable; our children must be driven from study and all toil, and in many instances coaxed, petted, and hired to be idle; we must drive them away from schools as our fathers drove them towards the schools; one must be each moment awake and alive and active, to keep a child from stealthily learning to read; our cleverest offspring loves books more than play, and truancies [matar aula] and physical punishments are far rarer than half a century ago.”

From investigations at Darmstadt, Paris, and Neuremburg, Dr. Treichler concludes that one-third of the pupils suffer more or less from some form of headache. It is not probable that these headaches in children are the result purely of intellectual exertion, but of intellectual exertion combined with bad air, with the annoyances and excitements and worries, the wasting and rasping anxieties of school life.”

Even studies that are agreeable and in harmony with the organs, and to which tastes and talents are irresistibly inclined, are pursued at an expenditure of force which is far too great for many nervously organized temperaments. I have lately had under my care a newly married lady who for some years has been in a state of neurasthenia of a severe character, and of which the exciting cause was devotion to music at home; long hours at the piano, acting on a neurasthenic temperament, given to her by inheritance, had developed morbid fears and all the array of nervous symptoms that cluster around them, so that despite her fondness for a favorite art she was forced to abandon it, and from that time was dated her improvement, though at the time that I was called in to see her she had yet a long way to travel before she would reach even approximate health.”

The reconstruction of the principles of evidence, the primary need of all philosophy, which cannot much longer be delayed, is to turn nearly all that we call history into myth, and destroy and overthrow beyond chance of resurrection all but a microscopic fraction of the world’s reasoning. Of the trifle that is saved, the higher wisdom of coming generations will know and act upon the knowledge that a still smaller fraction is worthy of being taught, or even remembered by any human being.” A tragédia é que uma filosofia do conhecimento só pode vir depois da burra e didática memorização de fatos tão lineares quanto sem nexo. Ou seja: chega-se ao ideal da educação quando ela já está finalizada ou, antes, só se chega ao suposto ideal, descobrindo-se que o começo devera ter sido diferente, quando o começo se sedimentou. Pode-se ensinar certo, mas não se pode aprender certo!

The fact that anything is known, and true and important for some is of itself no reason why all should know or attempt to know it”

Our children are coaxed, cajoled, persuaded, enticed, bluffed, bullied, and driven into the study of ancient and modern tongues; though the greatest men in all languages, whose writings are the inspiration to the study of languages themselves knew no language but their own; and, in all the loftiest realms of human creative power the best work has been done, and is done today, by those who are mostly content with the language in which they were cradled.” “of all accomplishments, the ability to speak and write in many tongues is the poorest barometer of intellectual force, and the least satisfactory for happiness and practical use”

Shakespeare, drilled in modern gymnasia and universities, might have made a fair school-master, but would have kept the world out of Hamlet and Othello.”

Of the sciences multiplying everyday, but few are to be known by any one individual; he who has studied enough of the systematized knowledge of men, and looked far enough in various directions in which it leads to know which his tastes and environment best adapt him to follow, and who resolutely obeys his tastes, even in opposition to all teachers,(*) philosophers, and scholars, has won the battle of life” Mementos: Jabur, Edsono (um representante dos jornalistas e um dos pseudossociofiloepistemólogos)

the study of the art of thinking, of the philosophy of reasoning, in mathematics, poetry, science, literature, or language, is the best exercise for those who would gain this mental discipline”

O coach está para para o acadêmico de hoje como os sofistas estavam para os filósofos jônicos e eleatas da Grécia Antiga: é um sintoma da crise e insustentabilidade desse modo de conhecimento, mas tampouco chega a lugar algum. Prenuncia um tipo de Sócrates que vem aí?

In all spheres of thought, the most hospitable of intellects, the most generous in their welcome to new truths or dreams of truth are those who have once learned the great secret of life—how to forget.”

GUSMÓN: “Conscientious professors in colleges often-times exhort their graduates to keep up some of the studies of college life during the activity of years — if those graduates are ever to do much in the world, it is by doing precisely NOT what they are thus advised to do.”

ESPECIALISTA AGRAMATICAL: “The details of geography, of mathematics, and of languages, ancient as well as modern, of most of the sciences, ought, and fortunately are, forgotten almost as soon as learned, save by those who become life-experts in these special branches”

The systems of Froebel and Pestalozzi, and the philosophy of Rousseau in his Émile, analyzed and formulated in physiological language is, in substance, that it costs less force and is more natural and easy to get into a house through the doors, than to break down the walls, or come through the roof, or climb up from the cellar. Modern education is burglary; we force ideas into the brain through any other pathway and every other way except the doors and windows, and then we are astonished that they are unwelcome and so quickly expelled.”

they see with the mind’s eye, though we close their eyelids.”

Medicine has been taught in all our schools in a way the most unphilosophical, and despite all the modifications and improvements of late years, by bedside teaching and operations and demonstrations, the system of medical education is in need of reconstruction from the foundation; it begins where it should end; it feeds the tree through the leaves and branches instead of through the roots; physiology itself is taught unphysiologically; the conventional, hereditary, orthodox style is, for the student to take systematic text-books, go through them systematically from beginning to end, and attend systematic lectures, reserving study at the bedside for the middle and later years of his study; the didactic instruction coming first, and the practical instruction and individual observation coming last. Psychology and experience require that this should be reversed; the first years of the medical student’s life should be given to the bedside, the laboratory and dissecting room, and the principles of systematic instruction should be kept for the last years, and then used very sparingly. The human mind does not work systematically, and all new truths enter most easily and are best retained when they enter in psychological order. System in text-books is a tax on the nerve-force, costly both of time and of energy, and it is only by forgetting what has been taught them in the schools that men even attain eminence in the practice of medicine.

The first lesson and the first hour of medical study should be at the bedside of the sick man; before reading a book or hearing a lecture, or even knowing of the existence of a disease, the student should see the disease, and then, after having seen it and been instructed in reference to it, his reading will be a thousand-fold more profitable than it would had he read first and seen the case afterwards. Every practitioner with any power of analyzing his own mental operations knows that his reading of disease is always more intelligent after he has had a case, or while he has a case under treatment under his own eyes, and he knows also that all his reading of abstract, systematic books is of but little worth to him when he meets his first case, unless he re-read, and if he do so, he will find that he has forgotten all he has read before, and he will find, also, that he never understood what he read, and perhaps thoroughly and accurately recited on examination. By this method one shall learn more what is worth learning of medicine in one month, than now we learn in a year, under the common system, and what is learned will be in hand and usable, and will be obtained at incommensurably less cost of energy, as well as of time. So-called <systematic instruction> is the most extravagant form of instruction and is really no instruction, since the information which it professes to give does not enter the brain of the student, though the words in which it is expressed may be retained, and recited or written out on examination. I read the other day an opening lecture by a professor in one of our chief medical schools. I noticed that the professor apologized for being obliged to begin with what was dry and uninteresting, but stated that in a systematic course it was necessary to do so. It will not be his fault only, but rather the fault of the machinery of which he is one of the wheels, if the students who listen to and take notes of and worry over his lecture, never know what he means; 5 minutes study of a case of rheumatism or an inflamed joint, under the aid of an expert instructor, will give a person more knowledge of inflammation, in relation to the practice of medicine, than a year of lectures on that subject.

I make particular reference to medical education, not because it is the leading offender, but because it has made greater progress, perhaps, than almost any other kind of modern education.” and the time will come when men shall read with amusement and horror of intelligent, human, and responsible young men beginning a medical course by listening to systematic abstract lectures.” 140 anos e nada…

In theological seminaries, students are warned about preaching, or speaking, or lecturing during their 1st or 2nd year, and tied and chained down to lectures and homiletics, and theology and history” Nothing David (or Solomon) would be good at…

Aside from the study of language, which is a separate matter, the first day’s work in a theological school should be the writing or preparing a sermon, and homiletics should follow — not precede.”

All languages should be learned as we learn our own language — not through grammars or dictionaries, but through conversation and reading, the grammars and dictionaries being reserved for a more advanced stage of investigation and for reference, just as in the language in which we were born.”

I applaud the English because they boast of their ignorance of American geography; of what worth to them, of what worth to most of us whether Montana be in California, or Alaska be or be not the capital of Arizona?”

The Harvard professor who says that when students enter his room his desire is, not to find out what they knew, but what they did not know, ought to have been born in the 20th century, and possibly in the 30th, for his philosophy is so sound and so well grounded psychology that he cannot hope to have it either received or comprehended in his lifetime; and the innovation that Harvard has just promised, of having the teacher recite and the pupils ask the questions, is one of the few gleams of light in the great darkness by which this whole subject of education has been enveloped.”

EDSONO’S EXQUISITE CLASS OF TORTURE (2009): Lectures, except they be of a clinical sort [belo troca-trilho!], in which appeals are made to the senses, cost so much in nerve-force, in those that listen to them, that the world cannot much longer afford to indulge in them and the information they give is of a most unsatisfactory sort, since questioning, and interruption, and repetition, and reviewing are scarcely possible (…) The human brain is too feeble and limited an organ to catch a new idea when first stated, and if the idea be not new it is useless to state it.”

ServIce on dem and us

dire dim straits

a threat!

One of the pleasantest memories in my life, is that, during my medical education, I did not attend one lecture out of 12 — save those of a clinical sort — that were delivered (brilliant and able as some of them were) in the college where I studied, and my regret is that the poverty of medical literature at that time compelled me to attend even those. All the long lectures in my academical course at the college were useful to me — and I think were useful to all my classmates — only by enforcing the necessity, and inspiring the habit of enduring passively and patiently what we know to be in all respects painful and pernicious, providing we have no remedy.”

Original thinkers and discoverers, and writers are objects of increasing worry on the part of their relatives and friends lest they break down from overwork; whereas, it is not so much these great thinkers as the young school-girl or bank clerk that needs our sympathy.”

In England during the last summer, I attempted, without any human beings on whom to experiment, to explain some of the theories and philosophies of trance before an audience composed of the very best physiologists and psychologists of Europe, and with no hetter success than at home. If I had had but one out of the 20 or 30 cases on whom I have lately experimented, to illustrate and enforce my views, there would have been, I am sure, no difficulty in making clear not only the facts, but what is of chief importance, the interpretation of the facts.”

Modern competitive examinations are but slightly in advance of the system of recitations and lectures. They seem to have been invented by someone who wished to torture rather than benefit mankind, and whose philosophy was: whatever is disagreeable is useful, and that the temporary accumulation of facts is true wisdom, and an accurate measure of cerebral force.”

Knowing by heart is not knowing at all” Montaigne

the greatest fool may often pass the best examination [Exemplo contemporâneo: ‘Patrick Damascenos’ se tornando médicos diplomados por universidades federais – no mínimo os minions esquecem o que aprendem em História após 30 dias (‘conteúdo inútil’, etc.), embora apostilas do Sigma ou Galois nunca fossem lá muito confiáveis, para início de conversa…]; no wise man can always tell what he knows; ideas come by suggestion rather than by order; you must wait for their appearing at their own time and not at ours” “he who can always tell what he knows, knows little worth knowing.”

The first signs of ascension, as of declension, in nations are seen in women.”

palace cars and elevators and sewing machines are types of recent improvements that help to diminish the friction of modern life. Formerly [!!!] inventors increased the friction of our lives and made us nervous.” E que diabos eram palace cars?

The Germanization of America — by which I mean the introduction through very extensive immigration, of German habits and character — is a phenomenon which can now be observed, even by the dullest and nearest-sighted, in the large cities of the Northern portion of our country.” O nazismo foi o último a chegar.

tending to displace pernicious whiskey by less pernicious beer and wine, setting the example of coolness and calmness, which the nervously exhausted American very much needs.”

Tempos em que valia a pena se conservar: “We have been all English in our conservatism, a quality which has increased in proportion as we have gained anything of wealth or character or any manifestation of force whatsoever, that is worth preserving.” Hoje os americanos são azeitonas vencidas em conserva.

after such a vacation one needed a vacation.”

The nervousness of the third generation of Germans [?] is a fact that comes to my professional notice more and more.”

Not only are the <ha, ha’s> [RONALDINHO SOCCER!], of which so much [mundial] SPORT was once made, heard much less frequently than formerly in public meetings, but there is a positive ease and attractiveness to very many of the English speakers in and out of Parliament, in the pulpit and on the platform, that is thoroughly American” it was proved that if all the [congress] speakers continued to speak as often and as elaborately as they had been speaking, a number of years would be required before they could adjourn [se significa entrar em recesso ou perder a próxima eleição, deixo a critério do leitor de criptas!].”

the forces that renovate and save are mightier far than the forces that emasculate and destroy.”

Não sei se chamo o comentário de genial ou estúpido: “The American race, it is said, is dying out; but there is no American race. Americans are the union of European races and peoples, as lakes are fed by many streams, and can only disappear with the exhaustion of its sources. Europe must die before America. In sections of America, as in New England, and in large cities, the number of children to a family in certain classes is too small for increase of population.” Uma eterna sucessão de sins e nãos no melhor estilo Cleber Machado!

Felizmente o Deus Europeu-Ocidental morreu e a Ásia com seu rostinho de beldade imortal de 20 aninhos vem aí…

THE NAKED THERAPIST – Sheldon Kopp em “kopperação” com outros terapeutas

“This is not the first time my writing has been informed by my dreaming self. By now I am wise enough to trust such experiences even before I can make sense of them.”

Acceptance and praise foster a feeling of well-being in the child. They encourage confidence, spontaneity, hope, and a sense of being worthwhile. Punishment and threat induce guilt feelings, moralistic self-restriction, and pressure to atone. Guilt is the anxiety that accompanies transgressions, carrying with it the feeling of having done bad things and the fear of the parents’ angry retaliation. In the interests of self-protection, the child learns to deal with this anticipated punishment preemptively by turning it into an internalized threat against himself. § Disapproval and contempt make a child feel ashamed of not being a worthwhile person. The implied danger of abandonment may make him shy, avoidant, and ever anxious about making mistakes, appearing foolish, and being open to further ridicule.” “Aceitação e elogios alimentam na criança uma sensação de bem-estar e conforto. Encorajam a confiança, espontaneidade, esperança, um senso de capacidade e de cumprir o seu papel. Punição e ameaças induzem sentimentos de culpa, auto-restrições morais, pressão corretiva. A culpa é a ansiedade que acompanha transgressões, carregando consigo o sentimento de ter feito coisas ruins e o medo da retaliação furiosa dos pais. Com a auto-preservação em vista, a criança aprende a lidar com esse castigo iminente de modo preventivo, internalizando a ameaça contra si mesma. § Desaprovação e desdém fazem a criança se sentir envergonhada por não ser uma pessoa valorosa. O perigo implicado no sentir-se abandonado é o desenvolvimento de uma personalidade tímida, esquiva, evitativa, constantemente ansiosa ou apreensiva quanto ao cometimento de erros, com medo de acabar parecendo um tolo ou de estar vulnerável ao ridículo dos outros.”

A ANTIGA SÍNDROME DE RENAN: Medo de ser expulso de casa. Medo de dar muitas despesas. Medo de ser um mero mortal.

<Look how foolish you are, how clumsy, how stupid! What will other people think of you when they see that you can’t seem to do anything right? You should be ashamed of yourself acting like that. If only you really cared, if only you wanted to act right, if only you would try harder, then you could be the kind of child we want you to be.> Repeated exposure to such abuse calls forth an inner echo of self-contempt. § Eventually the child learns to say of himself, <What an idiot I am, what a fool, what an awful person! I never do anything right. I have no self-control. I just don’t try hard enough. If I did, surely they would be satisfied.>” “<Olha quão tolo você é, desajeitado, estúpido! O que vão pensar de você, se você não consegue fazer nada direito? Você devia sentir vergonha de si mesmo agindo desse jeito. Se apenas você se importasse, se você só quisesse agir adequadamente, se você apenas tentasse mais, aí então você seria o tipo de criança que queríamos que você fosse.> A exposição repetida a tal tipo de discurso leva a uma internalização dum eco de auto-desprezo; uma voz interna passa a repetir as mesmas coisas antes faladas pelos seus superiores. § Eventualmente, chega-se ao ponto em que a própria criança dirá, diante de cada nova decepção: <Que idiota que eu sou, que imbecil, que péssima pessoa! Nunca faço nada certo. Não tenho sequer auto-controle. E eu nunca tento o bastante. Se eu tentasse, com certeza satisfaria a vontade dos outros.>”

“My own mother often told me: <I love you, but I don’t like you.> It was clear that this meant that she loved me because she was a good mother, but that she did not like me because I was an unsatisfactory child.”

“The experience of being seen as momentarily not yet able to cope is a natural part of growth. It is also natural to experience the embarrassment that accompanies making mistakes, stumbling, blundering, or fucking-up.”

“Some parents are too hard on their children because of their own personal problems, others because of harsh cultural standards. Some cultures make excessive demands for precocious maturing of the child. In such settings, shaming inculcates the feeling that other people will not like the child unless he lives up to their expectations. § When shaming arises out of the pathology of neurotic parents, the child may be expected to take care of the parents. Such a child may never learn that the natural order of things is quite the reverse. He is discouraged from ever realizing that it is the parents who are supposed to take care of the child. § Even more insidious is the impact of the parent who unconsciously needs to have an unsatisfactory child. Such a parent will never be satisfied, no matter how hard the child tries, no matter how much he accomplishes. Anything less than perfection is unacceptable. If the child gets a grade of 95 on an examination, he will be asked why he didn’t get 100. If he gets 100, he will be asked what took him so long to get a satisfactory grade. Told that he should have been getting 100 all along, he may become afraid to do well lest perfect grades be demanded of him all the time from then on. If he happens to be a chronic straight-A student, then he may be asked, <If you’re so damn smart, how come you can’t keep your room clean?>” “This can lead to his spending a lifetime vainly seeking the approval of others in the hope that he may someday be validated at last. § My own parents shamed me needlessly and often. They made it clear that it was my clumsiness, my inadequacies, and my failures that made them unhappy. Even my successes and accomplishments were made to reveal how inferior and insufficient I was.”

“<Enough,> she stilled me. <A boy doesn’t interrupt when a father is talking, a father who sweats in the city all week long for him.>”

“Those who have been shamed can some day learn to overcome feeling unworthy. Embarrassment, in contrast, is a natural reaction that is inevitable in certain social situations.”

quavering speech [fala tremida] or breaking of the voice, sweating, blanching [empalidecimento], blinking, tremor of the hand, hesitating or vacillating movement, absent-mindedness” Goffman, Interaction Ritual: Essays on Face-to-Face Behavior, 1967

“The medical term for less-than-normal breathing capacity, for instance, is respiratory embarrassment.”

“Some unexpected physical clumsiness, breach of etiquette, or interpersonal insensitivity may leave a person open to criticism for being more crude or coarse than he claims to be. But this is an issue of manners, not of morals. It may make for a temporary change of social status, but never carries with it the self-threatening sanctions of shame, with its implications of abandonment, loss of love, and ultimate emotional starvation.”

“For a moment all bets are off. Trust of myself and others is in jeopardy. All values are once again in question. First there is the question of trust in myself. Am I an adequate human being or a fool? What can I expect of myself? Do I really know what I am doing?” “It is a time for the exotic flowering of my paranoia. At such times I may mistakenly expect contempt and ridicule from loving friends and neutral strangers. It is just as though they would turn from me in disgust as my parents did when I did not meet their impossible standards.”

Where is my floor?

Please open that door

Shut those windows

Cracked room and mind

of a sweet-salty boy

Sing along and refrain

from hiding.

There seems to be no way for any of us to get through the day without making a careless error, doing something foolish, committing a gaffe or faux pas.” Gof., op. cit.

“After hitting the lamppost I sat on the curb and cried as little as possible. I was really worried. Now it was time to go home and face my mother. Instead of seeing this mishap as an unfortunate accident around which I could feel sorry for myself and expect some sympathy, I knew that I had let my parents down again. I headed home and climbed the stairs to our apartment, skates over my shoulder.”

“Still, echoes of this grotesque situation can be heard at times from out of my unsettled and unworthy depths. I remember just a couple of years ago when I learned that I had to undergo a second bout of neurosurgery.”

“At such times my mother’s explicit instructions were: <Don’t fight, but never, never deny that you are a Jew.> She seemed to want me to be well-behaved, but did little to help me to avoid occasions of sin.”

“One afternoon after school Charlie started beating on me in front of a girl I had a crush on. For the first time in my unhappy marriage to Charlie Hooko, my own fear of being seen as a shamefully brutal, lower-class street fighter was overcome. The fear of being humiliated in the eyes of this girl was even more shameful. And so in the midst of the fight I punched Charlie right in the mouth. He couldn’t believe it. I could hardly believe it myself. § Charlie stopped the play at once. He took me down to the park and we both washed our faces at the fountain. Charlie announced to everyone around that I was a tough guy, that he admired me, and that we would be friends from then on. That ended months of regularly scheduled defeat.”

Punch like a girlish girl

Yea, just feel the flow

“As an early teenager I did eventually graduate to becoming a marginal member of a fighting street gang. I pretended that I was a better and more enthusiastic fighter than I ever really was.”

“As my children grew, being creatures of their age they moved toward the freak culture. Part of this involved their being the first kids in our neighborhood to let their hair grow long. So it was that another macho incident came about. One of our neighbors, strong both of will and of muscle, flew the Confederate flag.”

“What proof did he have, I demanded? His only answer was that my kids had long hair. He believed vandalism occurred only in the ghetto. Ghetto kids had long hair and they broke windows, he insisted. My kids had long hair. And so he concluded that it must have been one of them who had broken his window.”

Ironically, the blunderer often unwittingly reveals the discomfort of his predicament by the very means by which he tries to hide it: <the fixed smile, the nervous hollow laugh, the busy hands, the downward glance that conceals the expression of the eyes.>” “Ironicamente, o atabalhoado freqüente e inadvertidamente expõe seu desconforto situacional pela própria tática utilizada para disfarçá-lo: <o sorriso fixo, a risada nervosa despropositada, as mãos hiper-ativas, a vista caída que esconde a expressão dos olhos.>”

“Essa necessidade social salutar de ocultar-se o embaraço é enfatizada nas pessoas que foram excessivamente submetidas a vexames na infância. Potencialmente, o indivíduo virá a desenvolver um estilo de conduta de tipo neurótico, agindo timidamente a maior parte do tempo e preferindo evitar que outros venham a percebê-lo ou a conhecê-lo.”

“Tendo tantas dificuldades de interação, não é raro que a pessoa acredite que sua abertura para o constrangimento e a vivência de situações ridículas [pois socialmente é impossível fugir de tais ocasiões] é realmente singular. Ela pode desenvolver a crença que outras pessoas não têm a mesma tendência de <se passarem por tolas> de tempos em tempos, como ela tem.”

“Sua própria conscienciosidade de seu problema age como um efeito bola de neve: a apreensão pela sua hiper-sensibilidade eleva seu senso de isolamento, peculiaridade, solidão, enfim. Que trágico que a pessoa deva sempre sentir-se como um desajustado! Basicamente, não diferimos uns dos outros. Ninguém é capaz de lidar o tempo todo com as demandas sociais, sempre excessivas. Mas é que o comportamento tímido-neurótico é sempre desproporcional, alimentando a convicção íntima de que <há algo muito errado consigo>.”

“As maneiras reservadas do introvertido <clássico> (não-mórbido) são parte, provavelmente, de sua orientação psicológica inata; e ele estará sempre mais inclinado ao mundo interior das experiências privadas, que lhe é bem mais confortável. Certo nível de acanhamento da personalidade é mesmo, senão natural, incentivado socialmente. Algumas pessoas (como o próprio que escreve) escondem sua timidez crônica debaixo de um véu de arrogância simulada.”

“When he does try to express himself, he is likely to be hesitant, needlessly soft-spoken, ingratiating, and apologetic. Whenever possible, he simply will try to avoid contact with other people.”

A person who is not neurotically shy understands that it is the external situation that contributes to embarrassment, rather than some defect in his own character. Unlike the shy neurotic, he has come to learn that these anxieties are triggered by his reaction to particular people and situations.” “Uma pessoa que não é neuroticamente tímida compreende que é o contexto exterior que contribui para seu embaraço, em vez de qualquer defeito de seu próprio caráter. Ao contrário do tímido neurótico, aquela pessoa aprendeu a ver que essas angústias são acionadas pela sua reação a pessoas e eventos particulares.”

AUTONOOBSAIBOTADOR

 

The shy neurotic cannot get anywhere in overcoming his excessive shyness without first revealing to himself that what he truly fears most is not rejection but acceptance, not failure but success. He begins to go after what he wants out of life.” “O tímido neurótico não chegará a lugar algum, enquanto tenta superar ou minorar sua timidez, caso não admita para si mesmo que o que ele realmente mais teme NÃO é a rejeição mas a aceitação, NÃO é o fracasso, e sim o próprio sucesso! É aí que ele começa a alcançar seus verdadeiros objetivos de vida.”

we’re all looped, leaked, sinking, seeking and not finding, just overwhelmed by our own hopes’ weights… what if…

a head dive in a pool of danger

“Feeling undeserving of such unfamiliar achievement and acceptance, he has unwittingly learned to discredit these pleasureable experiences. A poignant early expression of this self-defeating attitude occurs during the first phase of psychotherapy.”

Anything that makes him feel worthwhile calls forth the echo of his mother’s voice, demanding that he question his presumption. It is as though he can almost hear her demanding, <Just who do you think you are?> Believing even for a moment that he is satisfactory as a human being evokes the underlying shameful feeling that he has presumed too much.” “Qualquer coisa que o faça sentir-se valorizado evoca o eco da voz de sua mãe, mandando que baixe a bola. É como se realmente pudesse ouvir, <Vem cá, quem você pensa que é?>. Acreditar por um só momento que ele é um ser humano completamente satisfatório é o suficiente para ter sua paz de espírito quebrada por pensamentos de culpa de que ele agiu presunçosamente.”

O supremo oposto do vaidoso dos vaidosos – e o que isso trouxe? Mais ódio dos ‘cristãos’ sobre sua cabecinha…

“So it is that each moment of decision is followed by a moment of revision. A minute later, he has reversed his thrust forward, retiring once more into his customary shyness.”

“His life is not what he meant it to be at all. It’s just not it at all.”

Evitar a confrontação é como comprar à prestação!

Guy de Maupassant’s short story, The Diamond Necklace, is a classic example of the high price of false pride. It is the story of Matilda, a woman tortured and angered by having to live a shamefully ordinary life because she does not possess the luxuries and delicacies which she insists befit her station.”

“It was my parents who started me off down my own painful path of shame and false pride. My parents are no longer responsible for this trip that I sometimes continue to make. Now the enemy is within. It is only my own overblown ego that shames me. It is only I, still sometimes arrogantly insisting on having higher standards for myself than I would impose on others. How much easier to accept the flaws in others than in myself. To the extent that I cling to being special in this way, I remain stuck with the tediously painful life of the perfectionistic striver. I must get everything right, all the time, or suffer shame. It is far too heavy a price to pay for maintaining the illusion that I might be able to rise above human frailty.”

“I give up being satisfied with myself as a pretty decent, usually competent sort of guy who, like everyone else, sometimes makes mistakes, fucks up, and plays the fool. Instead I insist that if only I tried harder, really cared, truly wanted to, I could become that wonderful person who could make my long-dead parents happy. Then they would approve of me. I would be the best. Everyone would love me.”

Guilt and shame originate from different kinds of faulty parenting. Guilt arises out of a certain kind of bad fathering, shame out of bad mothering.¹ Either parent may elicit one or the other depending on the particular parent’s role and attitude rather than on his or her gender alone.

Excessive authoritarian fathering creates guilty anticipation of punishment for transgression against the lawful order of things. Overly demanding mothering breeds shame.”

¹ Kleiniano demais…

“Paradoxically, too much shaming often produces defiance rather than propriety. No longer able to bear the overwhelming burden of shame, a child may develop a secret determination to misbehave. He comes to wear a mask of spite and shamelessness.

“We were studying Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. At the beginning of one week, the English teacher announced that we were to memorize Marc Antony’s eulogy. I protested loudly. Memorizing materials that needlessly cluttered up my head was both a waste of my time and an intrusive violation of my mind. No arbitrary school system had any right to do that to me.”

<Ma, how come you always talk funny when you come to see a teacher?> This was one of my rare opportunities to shame her”

Straight people were simply not prepared for coping with those of us who shamelessly stepped outside of the system, acted with contempt for the rules, and covertly shamed them for the arbitrariness of their principles.”

“At times my shameless behavior has gotten me into trouble. But so long as it sometimes gets results like that, who am I not to be tempted to continue to be outrageous?”

“More privately, I had developed the false pride of perfectionism to hide my shame and worthlessness from my own eyes. I had to avoid risking further failures and more mistakes. I had to be able to change my image so that I might escape without looking like I was running away or hiding out.”

NOSSAS TORRES DE MARFIM

“No longer would I be the fumbling incompetent who was too timid to go to parties because he never knew how to go about making friends. Instead I became a <heavy> intellectual. With such profoundly developed sensitivity, I could no longer be expected to be bothered devoting my precious energies to the pursuit of the mundane social goals that somehow seemed to excite almost everyone else I knew.

Even armoring as exquisite as this was not enough. Somewhere inside I knew I was just too damn lonely. I still needed to be needed. Acting obsequious, or even <being nice>, was an unthinkable solution. Instead I began to advertise myself as ever ready to rush into the gap whenever a task presented itself that ordinary folk found too unrewarding to mess with.”

“For the first few years of my career as a therapist I worked in impossibly archaic monolithic custodial institutions such as state mental hospitals and prisons. Though allegedly established and maintained as society’s attempt to care for and rehabilitate its social deviates, these institutions turned out to be punitive warehouses for those undesirables about whom the rest of us wished to forget. I cast myself as the champion of the oppressed.¹ Doggedly and unsuccessfully I fought the administrative powers, hoping to attain decent care, effective treatment, and eventual release for the inmates.”

¹ Incrivelmente similar a minha loucura de querer me tornar professor!

“Now I had a new problem. There were no bad parents to fight. How was I to define my role in this more benevolent situation?”

“I do not usually shake hands with a new patient unless the patient gives some indication that this is part of where he starts out in social relationships, in which case I respond.”

“His opening lines were: How long have you been a therapist? Don’t you know that phobic patients can’t stand to be touched? You insist on shaking hands with me knowing that I am too compliant to refuse. It could only make me anxious. The demands you make on me!

“Should he awaken during the night and need to go to the bathroom to urinate, he must simply suffer through the hours until dawn. He was not able to risk disturbing his dog by getting out of bed. His feeling of friendship with the dog was substantiated by his bringing him along to the treatment sessions.”

“There he asked to be deported to Russia for asylum. Surely he would get better treatment under Communism than he had from the barbaric democratic psychiatric services in America’s capital.” “I described my own experience, and I pointed out that the patient was crazy. He had made me crazy. I warned this man that he would make him crazy, too, unless we all understood that just because the patient claimed that something difficult needed to be done did not mean that we had to do it. The patient was all heat and no light. We were vulnerable to his unrealistic outcries because of our own needs to meet every challenge heroically, no matter how nutty it might be. If we thought it over for a minute, we would realize that there wasn’t much in the way of disastrous consequence in this for anyone but the patient himself. That was unfortunate for him, but that was the way it had to be. Happily, the perspective I offered was sufficient to relieve the Congressional Counsel of his own anxiety.”

“The patient was an attractive woman in her early twenties whose birth defects included having no feet and only rudimentary hands. She managed to get about with a combination of prosthetic devices and monumental denial.” “Focusing on her frustrated wishes to become a star in the public eye allowed her to avoid her anxiety and despair about the oppressive difficulties that she encountered in everyday living. My own parallel defensiveness led me to join her, supporting her crazy longings with my own denial of shame-filled helplessness. She made her own contribution by avoiding my tentative therapeutic interventions. There was just no way she could hear my timid suggestions that this whole show business preoccupation was an avoidance of dealing with the day-to-day quality of her life.”

“Unattended snot ran out of her nostrils and down her face (her measure of how much messiness I could tolerate?). I listened and sympathized as if my mere presence would heal her.” “For some reason, which I still do not understand, after about a year of this circus she let me in on her <secret>. All during this time she had been seeing me on Thursday afternoons, and now she confessed that she had also been in therapy on Monday mornings at another clinic with another crazy therapist.”

“This new challenge’s chart described her as a borderline psychotic, a part-time alcoholic, an unhappy, aggressive woman with preoccupying sexual hangups and several previous unsatisfying bouts of psychotherapy. When I went out to the waiting room to invite her in for our first therapy session she struck me as a slight, timid waif of a woman. She looked more like an emaciated 12-year-old than a life-hardened 32-year-old.”

Oh, now I get it, the old color symbolism test. A male therapist with a red shirt, and now I’m supposed to tell you that I’m sometimes gay, and you probably are, too!” “You’re the therapist I’ve been looking for all of my life. I’m never, never going to leave you. I know that you’ll be able to accept whatever I do without ever making me feel bad or throwing me out.” “My relief and sense of well-being was immediately transformed. I got the sinking feeling that I had just made a lifetime contract with an albatross.”

 

“By then I was off balance, but I knew the direction in which I must go. I told her that alcoholic beverages were not permitted in the clinic. If she opened the beer here in my office that would be the end of treatment. As in the first session, she seemed relieved rather than upset by my setting some limits on her acting out.”

“She had gone to visit her dentist to have a tooth extracted. He knew that she had bad reactions to the usual anesthetics that he used. Therefore he had brought a bottle of whiskey and insisted that she have a couple of straight shots to prepare her for the extraction. She described herself as having been rather uncertain. Still she yielded to his encouragement to have one, two, and then another couple of shots. She claimed that soon she was so high that she could not resist his insistence that she perform fellatio.”

* * *

Albert Ellis

 

“While I have the floor, let me also disagree with Shelly’s [Sheldon’s] (and almost all other therapists’) allegation or implication that shame largely stems from early childhood experiences. Shit, no! If anything, early childhood experiences largely arise out of our innate predispositions toward inventing <shameful> conditions and actions and consequently idiotically making ourselves—and I mean making ourselves—unduly embarrassed about our inventions.” “Because Shelly’s feelings of shame in regard to the incident with his parents have a high degree of correlation with his feelings of shame today, he mistakenly assumes that the former caused the latter.” “Shelly’s parents indubitably taught him various standards of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’—including the standard, ‘You act rightly when you stubbornly refuse to imagine yourself letting either of your parents drown and wrongly when you even consider saving only one of them from drowning.’ Given such standards, and having the human tendency to adopt them, Shelly will assuredly believe that he acts ‘rightly’ when he tells his parents that under no conditions would he let either of them drown and ‘wrongly’ when he tells them that he would choose one over the other. Granted.”

A person’s history therefore has relatively little to do with present feelings of shame or self-downing. Shelly may have learned his standards of good and bad behavior from his parents (and others), but he decided to take them seriously and he still decides to do so if he feels ashamed of anything he does today.”

“I had a female client who had serious feelings of inadequacy about herself, especially in her relations with men, and whom I helped considerably to overcome some of these feelings. She had an attractive female friend to whom she talked about me and the way I had helped her, and who got somewhat turned on to me. This friend, in her own manipulative way, managed to meet me at a series of lectures I gave and suggested that we date.

Now I knew that I’d better not do this. Not only have I refused from my first days as a therapist to have social relations with my clients—for although this may have some advantages, I recognize that it tends to lead to more harm than good—but I also have refused to maintain close relations with any of their intimates. (…) A good idea, and I invariably—or almost invariably—stick with it. But not this time! The friend of my client seemed so charming and attractive that I decided to break my self-imposed rule and to date her. I saw her a few times, got intimate with her socially and sexually, and then decided to stop seeing her because I found her much less charming and interesting than I previously had thought. In the course of my fairly brief relations with her, I deliberately mentioned nothing about my client, since I knew that they had a somewhat close relationship, and I didn’t want to give away any confidences.

Nothing happened for several weeks; and then, after I and my client’s female friend no longer saw each other, all hell suddenly broke loose. My client, Josephine, came in one day terribly upset and said that she had discovered that I had seen her friend socially. She found this most distressing for several reasons. She thought that I might have revealed some things about her to her friend. She felt constrained, now, in telling me certain feelings that she had about this woman. She confessed a sexual interest in me and said that she felt jealous that I had shown no inclination to have sex with her while I had obviously had it with Sarah. She hated Sarah for having seduced me and then having boasted about it. Most of all, curiously enough, she felt upset because I had stupidly allowed myself to get taken in by Sarah, who, according to Josephine, had no interest in me other than as a conquest, who had fooled me into thinking she had more intelligence than she actually had, and whose inherent nastiness I had presumably entirely failed to perceive.” “I, like Josephine, at first upset myself more about my mistaken diagnosis of Sarah than about anything else.” “Her interest in me stemmed mainly from her belief that I might help her with her own personal problems and from the ego boost she experienced from telling others that she had a well-known psychotherapist interested in her. Although I had told her very specifically not to mention our association to Josephine, whom I guessed would upset herself about it, she had not only told all to her friend but had also lyingly stated that she had given me up and that I still had a great interest in resuming relations with her.” “I took a chance that my relationship with Sarah would never get back to her. I really had preferred Sarah over her, and perhaps some of this preference had come through in my relationship to Josephine. I had given her an opportunity to see some of my diagnostic weaknesses—and thereby helped remove some of her confidence in me as therapist. When she had shown an overt sexual interest in me, I had quite ethically but perhaps too brusquely repulsed her, partly because at the time I already had established a sexual relationship with Sarah, and Josephine did not seem half so attractive to me. If I had never gone with Sarah, I might well have handled rebuffing Josephine in a more tactful and more therapeutic way.” “She seemed to accept the fact that I had not deliberately done anything to hurt her and had only made some understandable errors.” “Fortuitously, she got involved with a well-known psychiatrist who treated her with a dishonesty similar to Sarah’s treatment of me, and I helped her considerably in accepting herself with her gullibility [naiveness] and in breaking away from him without feeling terribly hurt.”

“I set a few more rigorous rules for myself about socializing with the friends and relatives of my clients, and eventually I mainly forgot about the entire incident.”

“If I down ‘me’, ‘myself’, or my totality for my errors, I essentially take myself out of the human condition and view myself as a subhuman. Falsely! For, as a human, I cannot very well attain superhumanness or subhumanness except by a miracle!”

As far as I can see, you do not really admit the true wrongness of your acts if you don’t make yourself feel very guilty about them. And, even if you do acknowledge their badness, you do not motivate yourself strongly enough to change them and keep yourself from recommitting them in the future. Poppycock [Baboseira]!” “As a person who admits his own irresponsibility but who doesn’t down himself totally for having it, I save myself immense amounts of time and energy that I otherwise would spend dwelling on my poor actions, obsessively showing myself how wrongly I did them, and savagely berating myself for having such fallibility.”

“I try not to make myself guilty about making myself guilty, nor to make myself feel ashamed of making myself ashamed. I don’t find it easy! I keep slipping. My goddamned fallibility clearly remains.”

Gerald Bauman

“I felt the role of therapist to be an artificial one requiring that I adopt a facade that made me feel like the newly clothed emperor. I think I persisted in this unpleasant exercise partly because doing therapy was then the wave of the future for young clinicians, partly because I was assured by colleagues and supervisors that I was reasonably competent and talented, and partly because I tend to become stubborn under duress.”

“The most difficult <incident> of all lasted about two years. In the course of some very significant changes in my life, I was subject to severe anxiety attacks while working with clients (and at other times as well). The awful feeling would gradually well up in a great surge that might last for several minutes and then gradually subside. The experience was particularly frightening because I never felt certain how <high> the surge would go. While working, for example, I felt as though if it went much further, I might fall out of my chair or flee the room (these never happened). Though appearing to occur at random, these <attacks> themselves seemed to become more intense over about two years; then I gradually became able to overcome them and resolve the underlying issues.”

CONTRA-MEDIDAS PARA MOMENTOS DE “NUDEZ TERAPÊUTICA”:

  • “Minimize (or eliminate) pretense in self-presentation. This is especially relevant to, and difficult for, beginning therapists.”;
  • Buscar uma espécie de “acordo tácito” com o paciente sobre o nível de nudez ideal que o terapeuta e o “tratando” desejam para a terapia;
  • Sempre ter em mente flexibilidade nas regras de resolução de problemas meta-terapêuticos – incluindo seguir ou não, conforme o caso, até mesmo ESTA regra!

Howard Fink

 

O INSEGURO ESTEIO MORAL DA NAÇÃO: “He began to wonder if his suspicious attitude toward his wife was some sort of an illusion he had to maintain to give him the upper hand in the relationship, to be the constant moral superior.”

“The subject of his wife and I forming some sort of a conspiratorial love pair against him was never again mentioned without a lot of genuine humor associated with it. In fact, as if to further discount the possibility, he once said that he never thought I could lose enough weight anyway to be called slim or skinny by anybody.”

Arthur Colman

 

“While I have known her, she has worked as a topless and bottomless dancer, a masseuse in a parlor catering to conventioneers, and now nude encounter. She has been only partially successful at these jobs. She turns off as she undresses.”

“When she worked as a masseuse, she did not like to touch men’s genitals and do <a local>. It was formally against the policy of the club, although she admitted that to <jerk a customer off> got you a larger tip.”

“Here she was, earning twenty dollars a half hour (exactly my fee, dollar for minute) by sitting nude talking to men who chose their state of dress. No touching, no closeness, no real intimacy. She didn’t admit to seeing the analogies in our situations, probably because she was frightened of exploring their meaning. Her fear protected me from the full impact of the miming that she portrayed as the naked therapist.”

“Being embarrassed about experiencing a particular feeling is just the beginning of the cycle. Confronting the need to keep the feelings hidden increases its potency. Deciding to risk the uncovering process by telling the patient what has been happening inside of me can momentarily increase the embarrassment until it is released in a rush as the communication is finally made.”

O velho dilema de se apaixonar durante as sessões.

“My wife and I have written a book, Love and Ecstasy, about merger experiences in the solitary, dyadic, and group orientations.”

“I remember one patient that I worked with in the Kopp/Colman office. Yvonne was an exquisite, delicate 18-year-old rebel. Her father was a wealthy member of the State Department, her mother the dependent matron of a colonial mansion. Yvonne worked at shattering all family hypocrisy. She attacked with reckless competence, trying everything, flagrantly, desperately, and always self-destructively. She came to Shelly through some of her friends. He represented a bearded refuge for her, an adult who might understand. He sent her to me.

Her name should have been Jezebel. At that point in my life she represented impulse, license, sensuality, limitless possibilities. (…) Falling in love with her would be a lot simpler solution to my malaise than reclaiming the lost parts of my own spirit.”

“I knew I was clever enough to translate what was happening inside of me into words and actions that would facilitate her therapeutic work with me, but I wasn’t sure that I had the courage to risk such an intimate and painful personal statement, with its unknown repercussions for both of us.”

“It is not unusual now for me to feel love in a variety of forms for men and women with whom I work.” “Fantasies from therapy (in the case of Yvonne) invaded my sexual relationship with my wife and my paternal relationship with my daughter, just as those relationships entered my therapy relationship with her.” “She described her evaluation session with me and noted that she was sure I had had an erection during some of the hour. Triumphantly she proclaimed that she was positive of that fact as I got up to escort her out of the room at the end of the hour. She wondered about my ability to work in such a state and about my designs on her. She also wondered about the quality of my marriage and my sex life.” “I remembered being sexually aroused by Susan. My response had been prompted largely by the provocative role she had assumed during the hour rather than from a personal attraction. She could be very sexy, but most often used it as a weapon and a defense. I knew that precisely because of my reaction to her—arousal without great interest.” “I said I got sexually excited by many of my patients, female and male. I tried to use all my responses to an individual in my work, those of my body (including my penis) in all its states, and of my mind, with all its fantasies. I certainly did not plan to cut off parts of myself in the therapy encounter. Integrating that openness in the special setting of therapy with my family and other personal life was difficult and a challenge.”

QUANDO DOIS JUNGUIANOS SÃO CASADOS: Libby knows me and herself well enough to assume that we could experience other people sexually and still focus our most intimate sexual expressions in each other, that she as Every-woman could become a repository for all my sexual fantasies just as I could for hers.”

Arthur Reisel

 

Verdade e vitória são contraditórias.

Meu analista tem uma voz paciente, e eu ouvidos doutorais!

Arthur, it takes ten years before a therapist begins to know what he’s doing.”

 

“Thinking that a straightforward discussion of the pot experience might ease some of this mother’s extreme fears, I asked the girls what it was like for them to smoke pot. Their replies were cautious and evasive. As I should have anticipated, they hit the ball smartly back into my court, asking me if I had smoked pot and if so, why didn’t I describe how it felt? Being a more skilled player than the girls, I could have used a therapeutic trick shot to put the ball back in their court. Yet something told me that the truth was called for here even if the shocked mother were to decide that a therapist who smoked pot was not for her family. Fortunately, it turned out well. Despite her innocence the mother is an open-minded woman who accepts differences in others.”

“Used with Karen’s permission, excerpts from her letters to me will amplify and enrich my presentation.”

I think you protest too strongly and judge too harshly of a previous generation; but the protesting quite vehemently part interests me the most because I have seen it come out before with Carolyn; it wasn’t what you said as much as the intensity with which it was said. You see, on occasion I am also interested in getting into other people’s lives even though I do not get paid for it. I am interested in what makes them tick, and I try to remain as receptive as I can to subtle, non-verbal clues.”

you are very, very far from being an open book. In other words, there is much about you that I do not know. I don’t really know how it makes you feel. I know at one point in the therapy I felt like I was naked, and you were a rapist, and you called me a beggar, and it hurt, and I thought: I’d rather be a beggar than a rapist. It just seemed that you kept taking and taking”

 

you can’t beat them; you never beat them; all it accomplishes in the long run is letting them beat you. I don’t think either one of us would think that was a life well spent.” deixar-se levar é como ir para o inferno, pois não existe paraíso sem esforço. se isso significa que você “tem de dar valor”? Hoho, chega, descanse os nervos, o inferno não deve ser tão ruim… Me chama que eu vou!

I did not tell you my complete reaction to your giving away one of your pictures. My initial feeling was a tinge of jealousy that you thought enough of one of your other female patients to give her a picture you liked very much. What felt like a little child in me yelled out: What are you doing? Don’t you know? I’m supposed to be the most important one! You’re not supposed to give your favorite picture to someone else! On that same level, I’m still not exactly bouncing off the walls about it; a little of the same feeling came back when you brought it up today. However, I feel it is so ridiculous, and childish, and unrealistic that I don’t even know if I completely allow myself to feel it, much less express it.”

uimpulsaindimpulsa

She wasn’t going to think you had designs on her, was she? You didn’t, did you? Then, what’s to feel uneasy about? It was a very nice thing. People should do it more often. I’m glad you did, a little jealous, but pleased.”

 

I get the very strong impression from you that you like doing things according to schedule, and that you really do not take deviations too gracefully. It is too bad that people’s needs do not run according to schedule also, or maybe most of your patients can program them for their hour or whatever.”

 

Fuck your schedule; it might have fucked our lives. We should have gone elsewhere, but you didn’t have to worry about that because I was already too attached to you for that, and I’m sure you didn’t lose any sleep over it. I have resented it; I didn’t realize I resented it so much.”

“She then sent a brief note to apologize for blaming me for fucking up her and her husband’s lives. Karen knew they were responsible for their own lives, and she felt badly about hitting below the belt over the issue of my schedule.” Below the belt, but not too much…

Quantos anos de serviço contribuídos como “terapendo”?

Jacqulyn S. Clements

 

Alan, in his 5th year of hospitalization, had been recalling the days when he was an airplane mechanic. He concluded with the comment, <That’s why I can’t ever get married; I’m a mechanic.>

You may be noting the symbolism. What I said was, <Well, I don’t know about that. I’ve known a number of mechanics and most of them were married.>

Alan pondered this thoughtfully. Then with a twinkle in his eyes, he leaned close to me and said, <But were they schizophrenic?>

“Telling these stories is vaguely embarrassing, but, as lived, they were really good experiences for me and for the clients. My response in each case was a silent but clear <Touché!>. I don’t recommend dumb comments; but if you’ve got a Bobby or an Alan, you can learn a lot and enjoy each other.

An incident from my practice that illustrates a negative feeling of goofing and embarrassment occurred on the day I handed Mrs. B the A-child’s appointment card. My comments made it obvious that I thought she was married to Mr. A, who was also seated in the waiting room. These weren’t new people; I’d interviewed each with their real spouses. When Mrs. B pointed out my error, I wished I could disappear into a hole in the floor, and my right arm flew up in the air. I used it to touch my hair and said, <Oh, my, where is my head today?> Then, taking the A-child back to the therapy room, I quipped, <I almost got you a new mother today—ha ha.> As far as I know this had no big effect on therapeutic progress, although I certainly wouldn’t call it a confidence builder.”

“Sophisticated clients know what Gestalters and such are like; they probably saw their 6th Fritz Perls film just last week.” Um dos fundadores de um dos ramos da Gestalt (que não é monolítica): Perls, F., Hefferline, R., & Goodman, P., Gestalt Therapy: Excitement and Growth in the Human Personality (1951).

“I went to all those miscellaneous workshops and training institutes like everybody else, but I never did manage to come home a recognizable anything. I tell them I’m a Jackie-therapist, and this means, of course, my confidence rests almost solely on results. Yes, this has bothered me some. I’ve never felt ashamed not to be a walking encyclopedia on psychoanalytic theory, but often when another therapist is visiting the premises, I feel tempted to ask my client to please get down on the floor and scream like he’s having an avant-garde breakthrough.”

“I’ve had a few clients with outstanding embarrassment records. Cindy, age 14, recalled her 1st date: She spilled Coke in the boy’s lap, bowled [derrubou] a 16, and then left his car door open, resulting in $70 worth of damage. In such award-winning-goofers I also plant seeds to the effect that they’ve hit bottom, so what’s left to fear?”

“It’s amazing how many children I’ve seen who won’t run on a dropped ball. Little princesses just pose and posture the whole game—any game. The strikeout freezers can usually stay on the team if their batting average is high enough. But princesses are eventually ridiculed and chosen last.”

NÓ CEGO: “My other chronic childhood embarrassment worry had to do with body functions. In grade school about the worst thing I could imagine was wetting my pants in class. However, I was also too embarrassed to ask to be excused to go to the restroom. Would this qualify as a double bind? I am probably one of the few people in existence who neither asked to go nor went anyway.”

“It wasn’t until this very year that I got blood on my skirt in public. I was seeing a teenage boy for therapy when it happened. I laughed.” Quando crescemos e aprendemos que dar aquela freada ou mijada na rua não é nada de mais. “Now I’ll ruin the story a little bit: The teenage boy had gone before I realized it had happened, and then I laughed.”

“Life’s traumas, goofs, negative embarrassments and such should be stored lightly. If they’re off in the warehouse, they’re hard to get at when you need them and could do something constructive with them. But even sending the empty storage cabinet to the warehouse is ill advised. Then you wouldn’t have anything to put these memories in. They’d be laying around in sight too much. There are times for getting them out, but really nobody wants to see or hear that stuff all the time, even your best friends. And how about your own probable concentration on them? That’s called negative feedback overload. To avoid repression or indiscriminate hang-out, better get those storage cabinets out of storage!” O que está sempre exposto passa a ser ignorado (como certos livros na prateleira, que estão na sua frente mas você não os vê mais).

The hypothesis was born: Be they orthodox or atheists, Jews have one foot stuck on the wailing wall. This was a hunch, not a put-down.” “A hipótese havia nascido: Fossem ortodoxos ou ateus, os judeus têm um pé fincado no Muro das Lamentações. Isso era um palpite, não uma afirmação ou acusação.”

IDENTIFICAÇÃO ESPIRITUAL, NO NEED FOR SHOWING (wallpaper de estrela de Davi e correlatos): “My fantasies went even further. I pondered the possible effects of Jewish Depression on the theory and practice of psychotherapy. Since nearly all the geniuses and heroes in this field really are you-know-whats, there might be an accidental bias that could be labeled the J.D. factor. Non-Jewish therapists would pick it up by identification and introjection. By now, almost everybody probably has J.D. This means things may not be as bad as they look.” Ser antissemita é ser antiocidental como um todo, mas não significa ser pró-oriental. Na verdade o Oriente desconhece o pânico anti-judaico; isso é uma doença exclusiva do homem moderno autocastrador. Ser antissemita seria negar nossas mais vincadas raízes pagãs. Ser antissemita é ser um destruidor dos próprios antepassados, nobres e elevados (recado a Varg & simplórios desta era).

Wailing Wall. To wail is to cry. A wall is a block. A crying block? Crying because of a block?” Trocadilho impossível em Português.

“Note that Adam and Eve had no neurotic human parents and did not live in an uptight culture. They didn’t even have any childhood memories. Archetypal shame may be rather far removed from psychological theories regarding its derivatives. Note also that Adam and Eve were not Jewish; they were everybody. There was a wailing wall long before the one in Jerusalem. The latter is likely a modern intensification, or reenactment.”

“For many years, as an adult, I had frequent repeats of two rather common dream themes. In one I was to be in some play. It was opening night, and the curtain was soon to rise. I couldn’t remember any of my lines. I couldn’t recall ever having been to rehearsals. I couldn’t even find a script to refresh my memory or to take, hidden, on stage with me. In the other dream it was time to go take some school exam. I hadn’t been going to class. I’d forgotten I’d even enrolled in the course. If I’d ever had the textbook, I didn’t know where it was.

Despite years of individual therapy, group encounters, and hundreds of psychological theory and how-to books, these dreams continued unchanged. Then last year I had breakthrough dreams for both of them and have not had either one since.

In the breakthrough play dream, the curtain actually goes up and I step on stage. I not only have to improvise my lines, but I’m not dressed like the others. Six women glide by in beautiful satin gowns, and I’m standing there in a terrycloth robe with a Kotex [absorvente] sticking out of one pocket. Everybody laughs. In the school dream, I go to the room, take the exam, and presumably flunk.”

All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6) is a commentary on general goodness, not just what we call self-righteousness. As such, it always sounded like a real bummer to me. Maybe the frequency of righteousness wasn’t high, but what a slam on quality. I once thought: Now there’s a good recipe for neurosis.”

“Of course, the righteousness insight didn’t really pop out of nowhere. I’ve been on a gradually emerging spiritual journey for 3 or 4 years now. Sometime during this period the following dialogue probably took place, although I’m surely still working on the last line of it.”

Donald D. Lathrop

 

<I have never had a failure in psychotherapy!> My out-bragging the braggart was so incredible that it shut him up. What a blessing for me! The rationalizations that would have poured out of my mouth in justification for my clearly unreal claim humiliate me even now as I think of them. Evidently he recognized at that point that I was crazy. He never attended another supervisory session.”

“The type of therapy—the goals, the expectations, the method—defines failure. In psychoanalysis, the best studied of the therapies, failure has two important faces. One is the therapy that never ends, the <interminable analysis>. The other is the therapy that ends without a full completion of one of the technical dimensions of (psychoanalytic) treatment, namely the resolution of the transference neurosis.” “In most psychotherapies, the transference neurosis is left almost totally untouched. Good results are achieved by minimizing its development.”

“We talked about Arlene Mildred and her father. There were parallels. Arlene had been suicidal for months and was perpetually rejected by her parents. Yet if she killed herself, there is no question that her father would be on the phone screaming threats at me.”

“I feel better (as always) when I work, when I do the work that is my calling. It’s hard to concentrate, but there is relief for me in involving myself with the immediate problems of the living. Now there is something new. I am now haunted by the reality that no one in my care, not my patients, not my family, not myself, is safe from death through my unawareness. The only relief for me is talking into my machine, blindly recording for what purpose I do not know.”

“I recalled today that Mildred had had an illegitimate child and that her parents had condemned her for it; they had disinherited her, had left her with the feeling that in no way could she redeem herself. Now that she is gone, they are going to punish me.”

“But maybe not! Sometime in the late afternoon, sometime after the first woman had comforted me, I began to permit myself to think that maybe they would not sue me. Even now this goes back and forth, now one way, now the other. I know that I will just be waiting, waiting for however long it will be before the letter comes, before the papers are served, waiting and scared and at the same time a little defiant. They are not going to destroy me. I am not going to destroy myself.”

“That’s another strange quirk in this. I can no longer take comfort, as I have for so many years, in fantasies of committing suicide myself. Some recent realizations have convinced me that not only is suicide no longer a possibility for me, but comforting myself with fantasies of suicide is no longer acceptable. How strange, how ironic, that at the same time this door is closed to me, I have experienced the first suicide in my professional career.”

“These are all games. Nothing changes the reality. Mildred is dead. The games I now play to keep other men from judging me, from punishing me for my unconsciousness, for my carelessness, for whatever part is my fault, these games do not seem to me to have much to do with Mildred and me.”

“Tonight Mildred’s parents are busy making the plans and carrying out the procedure of burying their daughter. When they are through, they will come to bury me.”

“She told me that she was responsible for all of the evil in the world. I told her she did not frighten me; I told her, as I have told lots of crazy people, that I would expose myself to her and then we would see whether she was indeed the overseer of all evil. Now she is laughing. I just wish she wasn’t angry. Of all the helpers, all the professionals who have been involved with this young woman over 6 years of suicidal behavior, she saved her act of murder for me. I can stand the laughter, but the contempt, the anger, the hurt to my therapist’s arrogance, that really digs in hard.

Strange that this poor woman and I came together. We were brought together by the impersonal forces of the State. She was covered for her psychiatric care by welfare. I was and am obliged to make much of my living by treating these people. Like many such patients, she did not even pick me. I was picked for her by the good-hearted woman who runs the boarding house where Mildred was sent after her release from the state hospital. This totally untrained person gets the horribly sick, broken souls after they are hastily patched up and discharged from the state hospital. She is understandably anxious to find some professional to take care of her boarders. Many of them are as severely disturbed as any patient I have ever seen in the backward of a state hospital.

From the first time she came to my office, Mildred did not want to see me. In fact, for her first appointment, she refused to come in. I was glad. I didn’t need any more patients. I didn’t need to convince this unattractive young woman that I could help her. So I let her go. But the lady with the burden of taking care of her day in and day out was insistent, and a reappointment was made. Second try: I got her into the office. It was at this time she told me that she was the carrier of all evil. I found something to like in her. Her arrogance regarding evil stimulated my own in a competitive sort of way. I’ve known since I was a kid that no one is <badder> than I am. After that beginning, it was a succession of broken appointments, my happily giving up on her because she was stuck in a hospital in another part of the state, getting her back, working within totally unrealistic limitations of time and money imposed by welfare regulations, step by step to the final miserable result.”

“I was aware, as dawn broke this morning during my run on the beach, of Mildred’s blind eyes that do not see this sunrise. My dream last night was that I was working with some other  people, trying to finish a job. Although I was working hard and felt the importance of finishing the job, I was not frantic. Then I was relaxing with some people, perhaps having cocktails, and a young woman asked me whether I would be giving a language course. I replied, Who, me? Parlez-vous ze Deutsch? Everyone laughed, for I had demonstrated that language was my very weakest subject.

I did not understand this seemingly light-hearted and trivial dream in response to Mildred’s death. Then I went to consult my friend, my guide, Max Zeller (our relationship was called Jungian analysis, or psychotherapy, and I was the patient). Max suggested that we consult the I Ching. This was a beautiful idea. It was the very sort of objective statement that I would be willing to accept. I certainly did not want any more comforting.

I asked the I Ching about the nature of my involvement with Mildred, the meaning of this experience. The answer was hexagram 28, <The Preponderance of the Great>. In this ancient Chinese symbolism was revealed a union of solidness, steadfastness, and joy. My light-hearted dream of last night now makes sense to me. As a student, much less a teacher of the language of the unconscious, I am a rank beginner. My life is the task that must be completed. As the dream says, I no longer work frantically at the task, imagining that I will thus impress the gods or get the job done, i.e., reach perfection. The hexagram also comforts me in my experience of inner peace, my lack of grief. I had feared that this was merely denial on my part, the refusal to feel the expected emotions. But the ancient book of Chinese wisdom suggests that grief and breast-beating are simply not part of this experience.”

“Now it is years later. I never heard another word from Mildred’s parents. The boyfriend who had encouraged her to sign herself out of the hospital against my advice called a couple of times. He mainly wanted to share his feeling that all of us had been bound together by a cosmic experience. I could agree—since he made no further demand on me. I was satisfied that he had forgiven himself as I had myself.

My failure, as I now see it, was in not being aware of the purpose of my treatment of Mildred. This young woman had been in agony for years, convinced that she was personally responsible for all of the evil in the world. She had tried repeatedly to solve both her own excruciating pain and the world’s unnecessary suffering by killing herself. However, she had always been too disorganized, too fragmented to succeed. I had treated her with medication and with psychotherapy so that she finally had the necessary ego resources to carry through a definite act of self-annihilation. My job was to cure her so she could kill herself! My failure was in remaining unconscious, in not being willing to be fully responsible for my part of the therapeutic contract.

I had known for years before this incident that the danger of suicide is greatest during the recovery phase. I knew that I could have legally detained her for a while longer. It would have been a lot of trouble, but it could have been done. The fact is, I just didn’t care enough about Mildred. That’s what was lethal.

I don’t want to slip into moralizing. That has no place in a world that is moving slowly but surely away from judgment, away from manipulation through guilt. I am convinced that my own refusal of guilt in Mildred’s death was the key to my not being punished by society. If we permit guilt to take over, we communicate to others their right to take vengeance on us. Meu satânico erro em quase todos os períodos turbulentos da minha vida: ser cristão demais! Jussara, Maria das Graças, veteranos bobiólogos, até mesmo indivíduos estranhos, conhecidos na véspera… sempre se aproveitaram dessa faceta, tantos rostos descarnados disponíveis para umas pancadinhas, impunemente… Felizmente minha língua e meus dedos, embora em efeito retardado, isso lá é verdade, não seguem ordens ou ditames do “corpo típico” (o que me lembra TÍSICO), se é que se me entende. Aloprados e mais sinceros do que idiotas e bons, eles procedem à vendeta; “fora de contexto” não existe na perspectiva dessas duas instâncias, verdadeiras guias desta carne que transpira. Uma vez, em que não importa quanto veneno a serpente inoculasse eu jamais reconheceria qualquer porcentagem de culpa: Isabel the Unimportant Nóia, leprosa que se filia com os tipos mais tortos e mendicantes, desajustados, dessa Brasília imunda (e por isso me conhece!), não tinha nenhuma razão, mas, ainda pior, nenhuma chance de, com razão ou não, me convencer de minha responsabilidade no incidente que precipitou meu divórcio. Isto não é dizer que esse tipo de pessoa sem conhecimento causal algum tem qualquer ciência socrática de que nada sabe: pelo contrário, uma Unimportant Bell é sempre e perigosamente a “personalidade forte” que carrega uma fé cega, uma autoconfiança ilimitada nos próprios métodos, a pura contingência e falta de método, a vida informe e tosca, não-lixada, torpe como madeira matéria-prima. Estas pessoas são tão fanáticas em seu niilismo inócuo quanto qualquer dogmático tentando reinjetar, atavicamente, tabus e ritos milenares já superados na nossa sociedade protestantemente laica (faz parte do jogo de cena a impressão de que os evangélicos nunca foram tão poderosos, mas é uma força de castelo de açúcar, com dilúvios à vista…). Não temos rigidez e teimosia para levar adiante nenhum propósito que não tenha nascido ontem mesmo, enquanto civilização brasileira pós-moderna. Os mais doidos e inconseqüentes que já conheço há anos, mesmo que sem qualquer padrão real, são os únicos que posso descrever com precisão em seu martelar psicológico entediante.

ATENÇÃO, FIÉIS! NOSSOS PLANOS FORAM ANTECIPADOS PARA ONTEM: “All of my life I have failed. All of my life, I have suffered depression as a consequence. But I would far rather take my punishment as depression than project the responsibility for punishing me out onto the world. Others are not likely to be as merciful to me as my own educated inner Judge. I had a revelation once: There is no judgment on Judgment Day.

Vin Rosenthal

 

“Unlike Joseph K. in Kafka’s The Trial, I know what I am guilty of”

“I am so nervous! I take some Thorazine. (Why Thorazine! Especially when I’ve never taken any psychotropic drug—not even marijuana.)”

“(And now I know what my patients are talking about when they tell of their anxiety.)” Weird. Sempre achei que a descoberta antecedia a profissão!

Were you aware that a contract with a ‘schizophrenic’ often has little binding power?”

 

“The Tribunal gets really hot when it suspects sexual misconduct on my part. The judges are terribly suspicious of anything that looks the slightest bit sexual. (This sometimes is a hard one because they don’t always agree among themselves about what is sexual and about the rules of common practice and the behavior of the hypothetical <reasonable therapist.>) The Tribunal casts its confronting eyes over my writings and challenges me about such statements as follows:

She says: If it hadn’t been for your response to me, your holding me, I don’t think I would ever have come to believe anyone could find me sexually desirable; no matter how long we had just talked about it.

 

I’m amazed and overjoyed. I had picked up her message that she genuinely desired to have me-as-a-person act warmly, lovingly, intimately, with her-as-a-person, but I was uncertain whether I should risk it. Now I can see that by limiting my risk I would have seriously limited her possibilities.

 

My judges are especially wary whenever I Hold a patient.” “they often are skeptical and insist on reading between the lines and beyond what I have written.”

If I sense the person is feeling sexual as a child, I let him know he is safe. If I sense the person is sexualizing to avoid, I try to encourage his getting to his child; if he does not, we sit up and work on it. This is also true if I sense that I am sexualizing the situation. I do not continue TO HOLD a patient if I stay with my sexual feelings”

 

“The Age of Aquarius enables me to avoid detection; no one looks that closely, and whoever does is ridiculed for being <uptight>.”

“What would you have me do? What kind of job would you permit me to hold that would enable me to retain my humanity, use my skills and talents and develop my potential? Remember, my peers are no better than me. The few unflawed noble souls are, wisely, going about their business in an unpublic way; they couldn’t care less. I have to live somewhere, someone has to share my company—otherwise that would be too inhuman a punishment to fit my misdemeanors. Reforming seems like such a difficult, even impossible task. Disappearing feels easier, yet, I’d have to take myself along. I suppose I’ll just go along as I have and hope that nothing happens.”

Lora Price

 

why not just a few?

 

“In the social work profession, close, intensive working together with clients toward personality shifts and problem-solving is called <counseling>. This is a term that suggests <telling> someone what to do as a way to be helpful.” “It is the social worker—the woman—whom the public mind most often identifies as the offerer of the <concrete> service. The intangibles, the profundities, are within the male preserve.” “Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank supplied the educational approaches that dominate the field. When I was in graduate school the faculty was overwhelmingly female. The course in psychological theory was the only one not taught by a social worker. Instead, the instructor was a male psychiatrist with a faculty appointment as <consultant>.”

“Even those social work agencies most heavily invested in offering counseling rather than concrete services rely upon regularly scheduled psychiatric consultations to determine and consolidate diagnosis and the direction of treatment. When I was a caseworker in a family service agency, it was a male psychiatrist who was hired to offer his expert opinion on a weekly, one-hour consultant schedule. There were only one or two caseworkers who could <present> within this frame.”

“Mistakes or therapeutic errors (although they were not so designated) were to be kept <in house>. This was a familiar and oft-taught lesson.” “The case supervisor, my supervisor, and I would all sit there chatting amiably, awaiting the arrival of the psychiatrist. He always came late because his schedule was so busy. All four of us would then engage in seeming accord as if there was only one way to work with my clients, one direction for me to follow. Because my submitted materials reflected only that I knew exactly what to do, we could then all bask in the aura of certain knowledge and perfection.”

“Making one’s way is equated with manipulation and control. Although the kernel of this truth first became evident in my work in a social work unit (a family service agency), it was even more glaringly so when I began working in mental health facilities. Ironically, these are considered the apex of clinical social work placements because of the opportunity they offer to do counseling—or therapy—without the impediment of the concrete service traditionally found in social work agencies. I had decided to go this route because of my wish to work with clients more intensively and knowledgeably.”

“When I applied for the job I wanted, I was turned down by the woman who was the Chief Social Worker. She said I was too inexperienced and would make too many mistakes. Besides that, I had been trained as a Rankian and obviously would not fit in with the Freudian approach of that particular clinic. She knew that my being there would <embarrass> the social workers who needed to keep up with (if not be better than) the medical staff. The chief of the service was a male psychiatrist. I saw him next. He was pleased to maintain his position in the ongoing struggle by overruling her and hiring me. In any case, he could not conceive that anything I would do could be that important. He knew that it was the doctors who ran that clinic.”

“the <family> was considered to be my area of expertise. The people I saw were labeled <clients> in deference to their secondary standing in the treatment matrix.”

“In my mind, women were less likely to be accepted into medical school than men, and girls were not as skilled as boys in dealing with prerequisite subjects such as science and mathematics. Also, becoming a social worker consumes less time and less money. Clearly, expending less energy befits a profession which is only of secondary importance.”

“Away from my clients I wept copiously. With them, I insisted on appearing intact and untroubled. I feel embarrassed now by my complicity in perpetuating their assurances that I could be perfect”

Arthur L. Kovacs

 

Presented at the symposium Critical Failure Experiences in Psychotherapy, Division 29 Midwinter Meeting, 1972.”

 

“I now know that this formulation is nonsense. What we do with our patients— whether we do so deviously and cunningly or overtly and brashly—is to affirm our own identities in the struggle with their struggles. We use them, for better or worse, to secure precious nourishments, to preserve our sanity, to make our lives possible, and to reassure ourselves in the face of that ineffable dread that lurks always beyond the margins of our awareness and can be heard as a very quiet electric hum emanating from the depths of our souls when everything is silent.”

“In this way, we can use our training to utter comfortable lies to ourselves and to avoid looking at the processes by which the persons we are either catalyze or defeat those who move in communion with us.”

“…what? Disaster? Chaos? Stalemate? I do not even know the right word to describe the outcome.”

“Part of me needed a persecutor, and Gwen supplied the potential to play the part.” “When I no longer needed to be persecuted, we somehow parted.”

“subjective time is always more important than objective time”

“Gwen came to see me because she had begun to experience severe anxiety attacks in school. Most of these were evoked by encounters with her psychology instructor, a married, middle-aged man. She was convinced, in her own paranoid fashion (to which I was unutterably blind in the beginning), that he was making seductive, obscene, and shaming gestures toward her continually. When he discussed masturbation in his lectures, she believed he was shaming her before the whole class, accusing her and revealing that she was a masturbator. She would blush, feel terrified, and have to leave class. Gwen was frequently aware of his genitals bulging in his trousers. She often believed he dressed in a fashion to accentuate them and positioned himself in such a way as to exhibit his endowments to her. When he talked about sexual matters, she <knew> he was lusting after her. I need to make it clear that, as I do so often, I partly trusted Gwen’s craziness and indeed believed there was something in the instructor that longed for her. She was, I must repeat, deadly cute.”

“When she returned to her next appointment, she was furious with me. She screamed at me that I was a rotten fucker, that I had sent her to her humiliation, that I took sadistic pleasure in teasing her. The force of her violence was incredible; her features contorted into a malevolent hatred that I have seldom seen. For the first time, I sensed the presence of some awesome murderousness in her, and I felt frightened. The pitch of her screaming was louder than I had ever heard. I believe, and still do, that the instructor had manipulated her and given her a dose of clever poison to choke on as he protected himself from her paranoid wisdom. I tried to get her to hear that. Her ears were closed by the noise of her own anguished, vicious screaming. She broke out of my office, fleeing from me and from her rage, almost wrenching the door off its hinges—although she probably does not weigh more than 95 pounds [43kg].”

“My beliefs, inflicted on Gwen and most others who opened themselves to me, were my armor, my sword, and my shield at that time of my life.”

“The next many months Gwen found exquisite ways to torment me, even though I could not get her to come to my office. She began, for example, to call me, usually around 3A.M.. I would stagger out of bed to answer the phone. There would be an ominous silence, then a loud screaming, You goddam piece of shit! I want you to die! or something equally vicious and abusive. Suddenly the phone would be hung up and it would be over until the next time. I believed then that my life was in the grip of some malevolent, overwhelmingly crushing principle, for Gwen’s timing was exquisite. Most of her calls occurred at times when I felt too weary, too battered to stand one more moment of anguish in my life. My struggle to build a new existence was beginning to consume me. Most of those nights I had fallen into fitful sleep after lengthy episodes of bitter acrimony with my former wife or of crying desperate tears at having to cross such a limitless desert alone. Gwen’s calls would cause me to start up from steamy, sweat-rumpled sheets in terror; I did not feel the strength to deal with her.”

“At last, after an absence of 4 months, I finally received a daytime call from Gwen. She asked to make an appointment! When she came in, she told me that she had been thinking about her therapy a lot and that she felt she wanted to enter group therapy. Having others around would, she believed, keep the 2 of us from getting into terrible trouble together. (I often notice patients possess incredible wisdom, if we would only listen!) I also, as did she, wanted and needed to dilute the horrible intensity of what had been transpiring between us. I readily assented, and Gwen started group.”

“In her middle adolescence, Gwen’s stepfather had a psychotic episode, preceded by a period of great violence during which he brandished a pistol repeatedly, screamed at his family members often in desperate viciousness, and engaged in great, raging, hallucinatory battles with his wife—during which he sometimes bloodied her or broke her bones—before he himself finally went to a psychiatric hospital. Gwen trembled violently as she remembered and related these things. During this period of treatment, also, Gwen got herself a job as a secretary, decided to attend college at night, and moved into her own apartment, separating from her family for the first time in her life. And I felt smug, pompous, and marvelously effective as her therapist. What an ass I was!”

“Once I was working with another patient. The other patient was pouting, sullen, withholding. She had come up to the edge of something and now sat stolidly, defiantly, unyieldingly. I became exasperated and started shaking her. The next thing I knew, Gwen threw herself on me, fists flailing, screaming You fucker, you fucker! It took 10 people to pry her off of me. I was very shaken.

Another marathon. Days, months, years—I do not know how much later. I had taken 20 patients into the Sierra Nevada. We were camped out in a snow-surrounded, glacial-scoured, lake-filled paradise. I had asked a woman along to share my sleeping bag at night. As I look back, I now feel ashamed of my choice. My companion was young and very pretty but had nothing more for me than sexual compliance. For this she wished to present me with a large number of emotional demands. At that period of my life I was desperate for any crumb of nourishment, did not appreciate my worth, and would hunger after anyone I believed would have me. We fought a great deal that weekend. Gwen kept watching the two of us balefully. During the 2nd day, she asked the largest man in the group to restrain her physically while she talked to me. He did so, and once again she shifted gears into her screaming viciousness, calling me a piece of shit, a motherfucker—any obscenity she could muster. He held her so she wouldn’t hit me. She struggled hard to get free while she vilified me. The gist of her tirade was, of course, that I was a moral leper, a vile sensualist, and a user of people.

As my first marriage continued to die and as I searched for the goodness I so longed for, Gwen became somehow in my mind the world’s representation of the established moral order. She had been selected to make me suffer for my sinful attempts to make a new life. The night calls and screaming at me over the telephone continued, usually when I could least bear them. Incredible vituperation also spilled out of her in group each week.”

“Weekends are always terrible when marriages are dying.”

I want her dead! I suddenly knew it and began to fantasize the myriad ways I could kill her. I danced exultantly over her broken corpse. Her life must end so that mine could go on! (…) That shitty, stinking little cunt-bitch! I arrived at work trembling in fearful awe over the intensity of my own murderousness. That night in group my patience was exhausted. The 2 of us got into a screaming battle with each other. I told her how I longed for her to die. We traded insults and murderous fantasies. I felt momentarily better.

Another night—weeks later. I am talking to someone else about masturbation. Gwen’s paranoia flares up again. She accuses me of sitting with my legs apart to compel her to stare at my crotch. She insists that I am talking about masturbation to shame her. She yells that I should get it straight once and for all that she does not masturbate. I get furious. I tell her that she is a stupid little bitch. I tell her she is 20 years old and that it is time she started masturbating. I describe to her how to do it and order her to go home and carry out my instructions after group. I add that I never want to hear anything about masturbation from her again. She becomes silent. Finally, I start searching my heart about her accusations. I tell her that they are partly justified, that when I first met her I had indeed tried her on in fantasy as a possible lover. I assented that I had probably teased her provocatively and flirted with her in subtle ways. I admitted to her the crazy desperation that seized most of my life then, the hunger to be at rest in a good woman’s arms. I added that my fantasies about her had died, though, soon after my getting to know her—that she was not my other half, nor what I needed for me. I said that I regretted that fact. I believed that my inability even to imagine her any longer as a partner to me was a sad tragedy. I felt forlorn as I talked to her. I closed the group by expressing my wish that a day might come before either of us were dead when once again she could stir me in such a way as to invoke in me imagery of her being my woman. I knew that that would be a sign that something profound had happened to each of us.

Early the next morning, Gwen called. She asked if she could have an individual appointment with me. I had a cancellation that afternoon and readily assented. At the appointed hour, I opened the waiting room door. Her face was contracted with rage. As she walked by me, she slapped my face. When we entered my office, I asked her what the hell that had been for. She screamed that I had exposed, shamed, and humiliated her in front of her friends in group. Then she went berserk and threw herself on me, trying to claw my face and spitting at me as we tussled. We crashed to the floor, spilling furniture and books everywhere. I finally subdued her, and as she began to feel the assertion of my strength and control she murmured between clenched teeth: Go ahead, you bastard. Fuck me. I told her I wasn’t interested. She began to sob convulsively. I had never seen her like that. She was suddenly very little and helpless, a 3-year-old who had been running around in murderous fury, trying to pretend that she had adult competencies lest the world penetrate her disguise and annihilate her. An image is indelibly burned into my awareness: the two of us sitting there on the floor in the midst of the rubble of my office, Gwen sobbing helplessly in my arms, my rocking her and feeling rubber-kneed and weak from the awe and fearfulness of what we had just experienced.”

“She began describing her stepfather coming into her room one night. Gwen stopped, flushed, went incredibly tense, and would not go on.” “My instructions to her to enter into a dialogue with the half-fantasied, half-remembered shade of that man on that nameless occasion precipitated a kind of trance-like state. Gwen became 14 again. She relived and reproduced what I knew was in store for all of us—her stepfather’s feared, longed-for, luscious, tormenting, lacerating, hungering attempted rape of her that awful night of her memory. Who knows whether the events were real or not? I still do not. But their reality was powerful that evening she described them to us.”

“Her tear-drowned eyes remained closed. I picked her up and rocked her as I would my own daughter. At first she drank me in. Then I felt her stiffen. I knew intuitively what was happening, and I said to Gwen, No, I don’t have an erection. She realized it too, at the same time, and turned to rubber once again in my lap. Yet, at that moment, I sensed our relationship was doomed and hopeless. If I held her at some emotional distance to placate her longing, terrified struggle over being penetrated, she would rail at me for being no help, disinterested or worthless to her. If she captured my attention, and I started to move closer to her, I would become the bearded satyr—too exciting, too forbidden, and too dangerous to deal with. Either way the end result was an outburst of fearful hatred. I talked to her often about this frustrated, impotent dilemma into which she thrust me. It never did any good.

Instead, Gwen began to separate from me. She started to come to group less and less. At first I felt comfortable with this, for the events of her life demonstrated a thrust toward increasing competency and mastery. She received a significant promotion at work. She separated from her boyhood lover and began to explore the possibilities of loving a much more capable man a few years older than she was. (…) One day she called me to ask me for a referral. A friend who did not have much money wanted to enter therapy and asked her, so she said, for the name of a good clinic. I provided this to her, and I added that the friend should ask for Dr. X, if possible, at that agency for I knew he had a good reputation. Three months later I found out, when Gwen began to talk matter-of-factly about it in group, that it was Gwen herself who had gone to see Dr. X and that Dr. X had begun seeing her, not at the clinic, but in his private practice!”

“She finally mustered the courage to tell her new lover that she was falling in love with him and to ask him for more of himself than he had been willing to give her thus far. He smiled, told her that she was a sweet thing, but that all he wanted her for was an occasional night in the sack. He laughed delightedly at her precious gift of her avowing that she wanted him, and he went to the refrigerator to break out a bottle of champagne. Gwen went berserk, tore up the man’s apartment, and forced him to throw her out bodily. She then came to group the next week, started up her screaming machine again, complained that I was an evil monster who ruined people’s lives, and stormed out of the office. I did not see Gwen again for three months. I was relieved. I thought she was gone forever, and I was happy. I had at last left my previous life, was living alone, and felt joyously in love with the woman who is now my wife. Gwen’s seeming departure was a mystical sign to me that my perilous journey was at last over and that I would be able to rest in my wife’s arms, exhausted, ecstatic, and optimistic about what we were beginning to build.

Much to my surprise, Gwen signed up for a weekend marathon [!] I held the next January. My soon-to-be wife accompanied me on that occasion. As I relive those moments, I remember how Gwen stared at the two of us in hateful envy. She detested my happiness. She tried to interfere, with sarcasm and cruel mockery, in any work I attempted to do. I finally stopped everything to contend with her. I was quaking with tension. After Gwen played many screaming broken records over and over again, I asked her what the hell she wanted from me. To my astonishment, she softened and asked to be held. Haltingly, I agreed. She came and sat next to me. I put my arm around her and she leaned against me, but I felt some kind of stiffness and unyieldingness in her manner and bearing. I told her I missed the vulnerable child she had—on a precious very few occasions—allowed herself to be with me. My wife, in her usual marvelously intuitive fashion, saw the look in Gwen’s eyes and began to speak to her of her own struggles with pride and envy. They swapped tales of being children, of longing for good fathers, and of all the turmoil and fear such longings create. My wife urged that Gwen be resolute in searching for what she wanted and that she not allow her fears of other women’s retribution to turn her aside from her quest. Gwen softened and allowed herself at last to surrender to being held. Later in the night one of the women in the group asked Gwen for permission to, and indeed did, feed her from a baby’s bottle. [Ah, kleinianos!]

Gwen then disappeared from my life. Once in a while I would get a phone call from her complaining bitterly about the cold, cruel, and vicious treatment she was receiving at the hands of Dr. X. I urged her each time to discuss her grievances, real or imagined, with him and told her she was always welcome, if she wished, to return to group—that many people missed her and asked about her. Last June, I got a call from her again. She and Dr. X had gotten into a fight, and he had thrown her out of therapy, saying that he was sick of her vicious bitchiness, would not put up with it anymore, and was not going to see her again. Gwen sounded crazy and frightened on the phone. I began to get anxious.

Two weeks later I came into my office and found it at shambles. All my books had been thrown on the floor. The furniture was overturned. Papers had been ripped up. A cover from Time magazine, the one with Jesus Christ Superstar on it, had been ripped off. A knife, thrust through the face of Jesus, impaled it to my couch. I knew immediately who had done it, and I began to fear for my life. Then Gwen called and asked for an individual appointment. I refused, telling her that I was afraid of the violence in her. I urged her to come to group so that we could talk where we would both be safe. She screamed at me and hung up.”

“Three weeks later, a fireman came into my office. Gwen had been gathered in off the roof of my building after having threatened noisily for an hour to jump.” “The physician in charge called me. He said Gwen had confessed to him it was the 3rd attempt she had made on her life in 48 hours.”

“The mother reported that Gwen had assaulted her parents and her father’s psychiatrist during the past week. I begged the mother to have Gwen hospitalized. Instead the mother screamed at me for being <one of the fucking Jew-doctors> that had ruined her daughter’s life. Screaming in fury, she told me she was going to take Gwen home. For the next 3 weeks I walked in dread, not knowing whether Gwen was alive or dead, not knowing if she would come at me out of some other dark night, this time with a weapon.

Late in July, Gwen called again. She asked for an appointment. For some reason known only to my sense of the uncanny¹, I granted her request. I was terrified, but I needed to confront some primitive dread in me. I was sick to death of being a person who always ducked bullies and fled from the possibility of violence. She would be the occasion for me to confront me.”

¹ Referência freudiana

“She related to me that she had made appointments with 8 different therapists in the past 4 weeks and had physically assaulted all 8 of them and fled.”

I guess I’ll live. But I don’t think I’m going to go on with therapy.”

 

“As she disappeared down the hall she smiled bravely and called out over her shoulder, You’re the only one who always lets me come back. I have not seen or heard from her this past 3 years.”

“Gwen served me well as my vicious companion at a time I needed one. The impress of her being will always be with me.”

Hobart F. Thomas

 

“On several occasions I have experienced deep feelings of love and/or sexual attraction for clients. At other times I have felt and expressed feelings of irritation and anger. None of these emotionally charged situations, however, seems to provide the devastating frustration of those in which no truly personal contact occurred. I am recalling the long and seemingly fruitless hours spent with depressed patients in mental institutions, which seem to put one’s faith in a therapeutic process to the ultimate test.”

“Perhaps the toughest experiences of my career were the days of attempting to practice before I myself had undergone personal therapy. I had mastered the knowledge, techniques, and procedures well enough to obtain a clinical Ph.D., but the heart and guts of the process were missing. Bizarre as it may sound, I even recall on more than one occasion actually envying the experiences of some of my clients in therapy.”

“Approximately 4 years after completing a doctorate, I entered personal therapy. Reasons for the long delay are not easy to determine. In spite of episodes such as the above, I seemed to be endowed with sufficient ego strength to keep the show going. Besides, I was not convinced that the Freudian model and many of its practitioners, who represented the bulk of my exposure to clinical practice at the time, were the answer either to my own or to the world’s problems. It was then, and is now, my conviction that one best chooses a therapist out of some deep intuitive place, and one can do no better than to follow one’s feelings when making such a choice.”

Bouts with the perfection monster”

“Being <analyzed>, at least in the circles in which I traveled at the time, also qualified one for membership in a rather exclusive club. A part of me wanted to belong, to be accepted, to be part of the action. Another part, for whatever reasons, refused to join up and pay the membership dues.”

“Ironically, my impression is that, currently, the Jungian school is considered more <in> [fashion] than the Freudian. At the time, such was definitely not the case.”

“What if all of a sudden I can’t function?”

 

“The outer drama in which therapist and client each play their respective roles continues, apparently without interruption, until the end of the hour.”

“The experience of panic occasionally recurs, sometimes in the consulting room, sometimes while teaching a class, or sometimes during seemingly ordinary conversation—usually, in each case, when I feel pretty much in charge and everything appears to be running smoothly. (Another clue here, perhaps?)”

really plays well for his age”

 

“We need not always stand alone.”

Look, Mom, I finally made it!”

 

“My hunch is that the state of panic is a corrective, devised by my wiser Self to help put things back in the proper perspective—a real therapeutic kick in the ass to remind me that I’m not God.” My hunch is that my panic is for me to saying Farewell, father!

“it is essential to know how to let be.”

that’s all: [be] midwife. You can relax.”

“My perfection bogey-man stays with me a good deal of the time, however. Having experienced that paradisaical state of Being, I do keep searching for ways to get there and stay there. Even when I appear to be laying back, I’m trying—trying to do, trying not to do. And, too often, in rushing to reach home I forget to smell the flowers along the way.”

NO, NOT FREUD: “When my own therapists revealed themselves to me as persons, not gods, I soon realized that human imperfection has about it its own particular beauty.”

Joen Fagan (mulher – informação relevante para um dos casos que ela irá contar!)

 

“One of my oracles is the dictionary. Built into the derivation of words and the range of their meanings is a cohesion of human experience. So I asked Webster the meaning of naked, and found my eye pausing over and returning to <defenseless, unarmed, lacking confirmation or support.> As I sat, feeling my way into these meanings, I remembered William.”

“He sat in the front row, nodding at the right times and laughing at my jokes, behaviors much appreciated by a teacher.” “You know so much about this; don’t you think…?” or “Why wouldn’t it be true that…?”

“I was lonely, but people had to press against me to become friends; even though I needed and wanted them, my reserve and hesitancy took some broaching. It was the same with students who had asked me to counsel with them. They had to persist past my uncertainty and self-doubts. So I accepted some intrusiveness and tolerated my discomfort with him without firm limits or comments.”

Did I think he needed to go back into therapy? Did I think he was crazy? His father had said that to him this week. His wife had told him that too. But he thought he was doing well. Would I see him for therapy?

No, William.

Why not?

You’re not finished with Carl. Besides, I won’t see students who are taking courses from me for therapy. (Avoiding saying, of course, that I doubted my ability to handle him or that he was too manipulative.)

Well, will you have lunch with me? Why not?

He was becoming a nuisance. Once, as he got up to go, he suddenly leaned over and tried to kiss me. I was angry then and told him so.”

“Did I think he was crazy? He had been hospitalized before. What did I think? <I think you’re bothered about a number of things and should go back and see Carl.>

“Anyway, in another week summer vacation would start, and 3 months away from the college would solve the whole thing.”

“The next morning an envelope was in the mailbox at my house; it was a somewhat confused but humorous letter from William saying he had decided to spend the summer in a nearby public park and inviting me to join him.”

“The next day there was another letter, more angry and threatening, with some sexual allusions that were immediately denied. You know, of course, that I’m just kidding. I love you and wouldn’t hurt you or do you harm. I began feeling frightened and did not sleep well. The letter the next day was even more threatening. If you won’t see me, you won’t see anybody. I want you and I’ll get you.

“The father called me later that afternoon to say that he had found William and had had him admitted to a psychiatric ward. My relief, though, was short-lived. Letters now started coming through the mail, openly delusional, abusive, threatening, and sexually blatant. Again I waited and did nothing, not knowing anything to do. Should I contact his unit? Or him? Or his father? To do what? Say I was scared? Then his father called again. He thought I might want to know that William had escaped from the ward.

There was a paranoid somewhere in the city and I was the center of his delusions. Several days of extreme anxiety. I put chain locks on my doors and jumped at noises. I remembered a patient at the hospital where I had interned, who, ten years after his last contact with a former female therapist, still maintained a similar life-focusing preoccupation with her. The hospital viewed him as sufficiently dangerous to call and warn her when he escaped”

“I remembered other threats to therapists and attacks by patients, and I frantically found work to do and friends to be with.”

“Shortly after that an FBI agent called to say they had investigated the forgery at the request of the bank but did not recommend pressing charges since William was now in the psychiatric ward at Bellevue. Again, relief.

Once every few months a postcard came, and one time, a box of candy on Valentine’s Day. He might no longer have been paranoid, but I was; thinking there was a chance it was poisoned, I threw it away. The sight of the neat, familiar writing could still evoke anxiety, but the cards came less and less frequently until finally a year or more had passed with nothing to remind me of him.”

Do you know that you saved my life?

No, William, I didn’t know that.

 

He stood up, went to the door, paused, said goodbye, and left. I realized that I had no idea what he had meant.”

“Do you know, William, how much you taught me about the impossibility of running?”

Barbara Jo Brothers (e sim, é só uma pessoa)

“I am caught. There is no way my vanity will let me avoid rising to the challenge, no way I would decline contributing to this book…but knowing this as my personal dilemma: the risk of exposure of a place inside myself—a place I have found virtually unbearable… a place I have virtually given my life to protect.”

“When I met Jerry, I was in the first month of my first clinical job, armed with my degree and with all of the accompanying mixtures of zeal and anxiety. There was Jerry. Transferred to the local state hospital’s adolescent unit because his family’s funds had run out (after 9 months of psychoanalysis and private hospitalization), Jerry was as crazy at that point as he had been 9 months before. I had known his analyst, so I knew a bit of his history.”

“In my youthful mind, if one of the best analysts in town was giving up, I was already expiated from whatever penalties of failure might ensue and from the awesome demands of Knowing-What-I-Am-Doing.

Jerry and I did well. Then one day the hospital decided to discharge him, prematurely in my judgment. I sent him to what I considered to be the best mental health center in town and tried to tell myself something to make the  uneasiness a little easier in my hither-to-relied-on gut.”

“My own therapist comes in, tries to look like a doctor, takes my pulse. <Are you depressed?> he says. I reply, <I’m too sick to be depressed. Come back in a few days and I might have a depression for you.>

“We had lost our connection after my discharge. I had referred him to the best therapist I knew in community out patient mental health clinics. He was re-hospitalized. I vehemently protested when hospital policy dictated that he not be admitted to my unit simply because of having had one more birthday since his discharge [ultrapassou o limite de idade de sua clínica]. I might have conquered death, but I was not going to have an effect on the monolithic mental ill-health system. He went to the adult unit and killed himself while out on pass.”

“Exposure, expression, mistake, all are cyclical. My exposure is beginning to sound like my salvation. That which I fear most seems to serve my best interests most powerfully.”

I dodge and twist and evade.”

Carl Whitaker

 

“Before antibiotics, treatment of gonorrhea in the female usually consisted of months of hospital bed-rest. The Green Girls were locked in a big ward on top of the hospital in the middle of the East River. It was my job to try to keep them from becoming overly excited in order to prevent flaring up of the infection that had gotten them arrested and imprisoned.

It was a strange flip for a religious country boy to end up dealing with Broadway chorus girls. They wanted to have their operation by our own gyn department because we used a special incision below the hairline. That way they could go back on the stage and not be laughed at for exposing their surgical scar.”

I saw this big white polar bear sitting on the bed, and I knew he wasn’t real, but I had to call the nurse because he looked so real.”

 

“As I learned more about the vivid experiences of psychosis, I rapidly lost my interest in the mechanical carpentry work we call surgery.”

“A patient who was mumbling to himself explained that voices were calling him horrible things and saying that he had intercourse with his mother. I said, ‘That must be very upsetting,’ and he waved me off with, ‘Oh, no, they’ve been doing that for years, and I don’t pay attention anymore’.”

“Later I talked with an 85 year-old man who came in for molesting an 8 year-old girl. When I met the girl, who looked like a professional actress fresh out of Hollywood, it made huge gashes in my fantasy of what life and people were all about.”

“This call of the wild, the agony and ecstasy of schizophrenia, of the whole psychotic world, ballooned inside of me.” “The magic of schizophrenia, that Alice-in-Wonderland quality of spending hour after hour, sometimes all night long, with a patient whose preoccupation with delusions and hallucinations made him as fascinating as yourself, was matched by the mystery world of play therapy.”

“My discovery of Melanie Klein and her beliefs about infant sexuality was like a repetition in depth of my earlier discovery of the psychotic world.” Oh no, not this bitch again, defenestrate her, from the fifth flour, please!

“my first introduction to psychotherapy was by way of the Philadelphia social work school’s form of Rank’s process thinking. I became more and more intrigued by what brings about change. There was an 8 year-old boy who hadn’t said anything since he had whooping cough [coqueluche] at age 2. I spent 6 months seeing that boy once a week while the social worker talked to his mother upstairs. He never said anything to me either, but we threw the football out in the yard. He did listen to me talk about him. I finally gave up and admitted I couldn’t help. He and his mother went away disappointed. I thought I’d had it with psychotherapy until we got a call back 3 weeks later saying he’d started talking.”

“It became more and more clear that medical students were divided into those who didn’t know how to be tender and those who didn’t know how to be tough. How difficult it was to teach either one to have access to the other. I didn’t really know I was merely talking about myself for some years, but I did discover the joys of working with delinquents. That power! I always thought of them as Cadillacs with steering gear problems, whereas the neurotics we saw in the medical school clinic were like old Fords that were only hitting on two cylinders. Looking back, I often wonder how many of the delinquents stole cars just so they could come back and tell me about it.”

“As a matter of fact, for the next 3 or 4 years I bottle fed almost every patient I saw—man, woman, or child; neurotic, psychotic, psychopathic, or alcoholic—and with a high degree of usefulness, if not success. It was only some time later that it dawned on me that it wasn’t the patient who required the technique, but the therapist. I was learning to mother, and once that was developed I couldn’t use the technique anymore.”

“I didn’t even know then that co-therapy was a secret system for learning how to talk about emotional experiences. It allowed you to be able to objectify a subjective experience shared with someone else.”

I eventually left to work in Atlanta, where we discovered in those early days that the baby bottle was a valuable way to induce regression in the service of growth but that fighting was equally valuable. Just as the baby bottles spread from one to another in our staff group of 7, so the fighting moved until we were apt to be involved physically with almost every patient in one way or another. The intimacy of physical contact—of slapping games, of wrestling, and of arm-wrestling—became a part of our discovery of our own toughness.”

“By 1946 we had 3 daughters and 1 son. The problem of trying to be an administrator and a clinician had exteriorized a lot of my immaturity. When the stress in the hospital and medical school got high, I began to precipitate myself into psychosomatic attacks with cold sweats, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, and a half day in bed. Cuddling with my wife resolved this, but I went back into psychotherapy to help develop confidence in preventing it. Living with our own children also convinced Muriel and me that the only <unconditional positive regard> in this world comes from little children.”

“It was clear to us that the reason people work with schizophrenics is that they want to find their own psychotic inner-person, which is known more and more as the right brain—that nonanalytic total-gestalt-organized part of our cortex. We struggled over the schizophrenogenic mother and over whether the father himself can create schizophrenia. All this anteceded systems theory, which made it clear that it takes a family system (and more) to originate such a holocaust.” Quanta inocência, diria Deleuze…

“The craziness that had overlain her arteriosclerosis of the brain had long since faded into the background. She just ate and slept and smiled and went to the bathroom. But the family still loved her and still enjoyed being with her. They had not turned away from her because of her failing health.”

“It seems that the initial therapist is contaminated with all of the usual problems of being a mother: He’s all-forgiving, all-accepting, and minimally demanding. In contrast, when the consultant comes in for the second interview, he turns out to be very much like the father: He is reality-oriented, demanding, intellectual, much less tempted to accept the original complaints or the original presentation, and very much freer to think about what’s being presented in a conceptual, total gestalt manner.”

“The Atlanta clinic was our private world, and the sophisticated world of a psychoanalytic organized group left me with uncertainties, awkwardness, and the temptation to be isolated.”

“The initial phase of working with the family demands a coup d’état, in which the therapist proves his power and his control of the therapeutic process, thus enabling the family to have the courage to change their living pattern. Other concepts, such as the importance of the detumescence of the scapegoat [resolução, desinchação – conotação cancerígena] or surfacing other scapegoats in the family, spreading the anxiety around the family, and the necessity of using paradoxical intention to reverse the axis of responsibility so the family would carry the initiative for their own change, all were picked up from the residents when they were working with families as co-therapists.”

“One of the covert changes that I experienced was my increasing conviction that everybody is schizophrenic. Most of us don’t have the courage to be crazy except in the middle of the night when we’re sound asleep, and we try to forget it before we wake up. I became more and more courageous in my advancing years and tenured role, and I began to use the word with greater nonchalance. During the first 6 months to 1 year, it was quite a shock, but after that it became gradually more and more accepted, at least in my own head.”

“There is being driven crazy, which means that one’s malignant isolationism¹ is brought about by being forced out of one’s family. There is going crazy, which, in the case of falling in love, is a delightful experience, although very frightening. Going crazy also takes place in the therapeutic setting, where it’s sometimes called transference psychosis, much in the same way we talk of transference neurosis [still two words that can’t make sense]. And then there is acting crazy—the crazy responsiveness of the individual who has once been insane and who, when under stress, returns to that state of being even though he’s not out of control in the same way. He’s like the child who has just learned to walk. If he gets in a hurry, he’ll get down and crawl on his hands and knees, even though it’s slower.”

¹ O que será que quer dizer? Meu caso? Vivendo com 3 idiotas cada vez mais incapazes de me entender e na verdade cada vez mais decorativos (1988-2017), de repente meu corpo se rebela e diz: CHEGA, VOCÊ JÁ SUPORTOU DEMAIS! ACABOU SUA AUTOIMPOSTA EXPIAÇÃO! Mas quer dizer que quem fritava a batata, no fim, eram eles… Consolador!

“the quasicraziness that happens in social groups”

Alex Redmountain (“Despite his name, he is not an American Indian, but, rather improbably, a Jewish-Slavic refugee of World War II.” – Kopp)

 

The affliction is self-love, narcissism, a narrowness of vision that places everything outside oneself at the periphery. Though it appears open and seeking, it makes learning very difficult. Stop reinventing the wheel, I was told; I finally did, but since no one told me to stop reinventing the compass, and sextant, and steam engine, I kept on doing that for quite a while.”

“Out on the street, the therapist is like a hooker who’s been thrown out by her pimp. There’s no security, no status. You’re surrounded by a dozen other hustlers, each selling some exotic solution to life’s problems: astrology, card reading, Scientology, revolution, a quickie in the back of the Dodge van parked across the street. Psychotherapy looks like just another fast fix, a way to set the pain aside momentarily or to pretend to an inflated self-importance. And often it is.”

“I am a clinical psychologist, traditionally trained, and I was still doing the usual clinical psychologist things: testing, individual and group therapy, supervision, formal consultation. But I was getting restless, found it hard to stay within the confines of the clinic where I saw my patients. Little by little, mostly by self-invitation, I cultivated a street beat through familiar geography: free schools and open universities, gay people and street people, adolescents of infinite variety and the many species of chicken-hawk who prey on them, alternate enterprises of every ideology imaginable, and a total spectrum of lifestyles. It seemed like a great opportunity for checking out the barriers. It was also a great opportunity for, as we used to say in The Bronx, getting my ass handed to me—as in the sentence, When I hand you your ass, boy, your head is gonna fall so low you’ll be looking up at roach shit [cocô de barata].

“Basically, I’m a middle-class grown-up with slightly rebellious inclinations; the one time I was impulsive enough to drop out of school, I joined the U.S. Army and was promptly dispatched to die of boredom in Korea. The setting for my street-shrink activities was a deteriorating, exciting, but not especially dangerous or sinful neighborhood in a large Eastern city. It was exciting because of its variety: its residents encompassed all ages and classes, at least 3 races, and 12 ethnic groups; Maoist food <collectives> operated on the same block with 30 year-old Mom and Pop groceries; soul music blared from one record shop speaker while salsa and bomba rhythms leaped out from another around the corner; store-front churches rose from the ashes of revolutionary Trotskyite print shops—and vice versa.”

“Another source was the illusion of being a savior, a reconciliator loved by all. When I walked around the neighborhood, greeting militants and leftover flower children, precinct captains and self-actualization addicts, I imagined myself a combination of country doctor and masterful statesman, healing rifts both psychic and physical as I passed on through. And in the best Lone Ranger silver bullet tradition, I dreamed of encountering evil, overcoming it, and riding off toward the foothills and the setting sun—all within the 30 minutes normally reserved for the radio serials of my youth.

This kind of delusion wreaks havoc with the long-distance running qualities usually required of the psychotherapist. It also helped me suppress some doubts about my own endurance. With every new patient I took on in my public practice, I wondered: Can I really last the journey? As the complexity of every individual unfolded, I worried: It may be just too hard, too long, too draining. What if I want to run off and fast alongside Cesar Chavez [uma espécie de João Pedro Stédile] in the lettuce fields? What if I decide to go to Harvard Business School so I can destroy capitalism from within?

“I’m there in 20 minutes. Who said that house calls were a thing of the past? Upstairs I can hear crunching and smashing noises. Down in the <parlor> 8 resident runaways and 2 counselors mill about, looking worried, indifferent, scared, sullen—depending on whom you are looking at.” “a monstrous teenage version of an NFL defensive end, 6 foot 6, at least 240 pounds. He is methodically ripping apart the wooden bunks—the bunks that my friend Joe put together over a couple of weeks of unpaid labor, after his unemployment ran out! I am outraged.”

Sally greets me with a strange, playful look in her sensual eyes. (Whoops, it’s hard to keep lust and hubris clearly separate.) For many reasons, Sally is one of my favorite counselors.”

Shrink é uma gíria suburbana para psicólogo ou psiquiatra.

God works in mysterious ways, said Sally, having been raised a brimstone Baptist and never quite given it up. I had to agree. I often had the feeling, when I was doing therapy, that anything I said would work: insight, catharsis, epiphanies would follow some inaudible inanity from my mouth. At other times, when I thought I was being wondrous wise, my words fell as flat as a swatted bug. It all has to do with chemistry, or radiation, or smell. Or something. Before I knew that, I sometimes took the calling of therapy very seriously indeed.”

Because I think it’s just an ego trip. I don’t even call myself a therapist, you

know.”

What do you mean, even you! Who are you, Sigmund Freud?”

No, but at least I’m not trying to be something I’m not!”

Aw, fuck you!” she shouts.

Fuck you!” I yell back.

 

All that doctor done was yell at me, tell me I was a whore and would end up a junkie or dead or in prison, and I’d never have kids, or a man, or anything decent at all.”

 

“As far as I am concerned, the making of a therapist and the making of a centered person are parallel, though not congruent, journeys.”

First Tale of Lust. I had agreed to see Janet for short-term therapy at her home; she had a 1 year-old daughter, a night job as a waitress, and no one to babysit. I knew there were many caveats against this kind of thing, but I was sure I could handle it.”

“I kept trying to remember why therapists shouldn’t become sexually involved with patients. I found myself perusing, at length, articles that argued an opposing view. Even the reputable Association of Humanistic Psychology, I noted, was sponsoring a panel at its annual meeting: Sexual Relations Between Therapists and Clients.”

“She observed that the tension between us was palpable. I agreed. In fact, it was becoming intolerable. Yes, I said. Well, she wanted to know, what were we going to do about it?”

“I read Albert Ellis [logo acima!] and Martin Shepard, wrote an essay entitled Challenging Some Traditional Preconceptions in Psychotherapy—in which I never mentioned sex.”

“On the 13th day, I received a short note from Janet on the back of an old Valentine card: I’ve discovered that there are more fine lovers around than psychotherapists. Will you be my (one and only) therapist?

 

Human, all-too-human: After I daydreamed about choking her with a spiked bulldog collar, boiling her in oil, and throwing her out of a dirigible over the most polluted part of the Hudson River, I met with her—in my office. We dealt with it, as the New Yorker cartoon says, by talking about it. We actually went on to do some excellent work together, 50 minutes at a time, 2 days a week, face to face, and no hugging.”

Second Tale of Lust. Tamara was 16, dark as an Arab princess, radiating ripeness. She was a resident at one of the group foster homes at which I dispensed weekly advice. Whenever she greeted me, she would wrap herself around me like the original seductive serpent, and I would try desperately to keep my cool—without success.

I am seldom drawn to adolescents sexually, or so I like to believe. I like the way they look, I enjoy their narcissism from afar, but I’m not crazy enough to trade a tumble for a prison sentence, not even in fantasy.”

“Tamara, whose house parents I met regularly for case consultation and whose Oedipal problems I knew almost as well as my own”

“I couldn’t take my eyes off her, and I didn’t want to take the rest of me off, either.

Although I danced with many people that night, I found myself dancing with Tamara more than with anyone else: more sensually, more energetically, more proximately. After a few beers, I forgot the age gap between us. After a few more, stalwart drinker [robusto bebedor] that I am, I was carried upstairs by some friends and carefully placed upon an unoccupied mattress [colchonete]. I woke a couple of hours later to find Tamara bending over me, swaying, her hair against my face. I wasn’t very alert, but she seemed completely out of it—drunk and stoned and incoherent.

Without thinking, I pulled her down beside me, touched her, kissed her, felt her responding to me. As I caressed her, she spoke softly at first, and then more insistently. Her mumbling only gradually became comprehensible: Daddy, Daddy, Daddy…

Laying her head against the pillow, I drew away gently. The one short pang inside me yielded to tenderness. I massaged her eyes and brow until she fell asleep.”

Third Tale of Lust. It was spring, and 5 of my street clients, including one gay male, declared their love-lust for me. I knew all about transference, of course, but I was also feeling very sexual in my new, slimmed-down version.

At my therapy seminar that week, another fledgling therapist like myself spoke of how he enjoyed his patients’ sexual fantasies about him. Our teacher-supervisor looked at him wryly. <Just remember,> he said, <that there are a dozen paunchy, balding, 70 year-old therapists in this town whose patients are madly in love with them. Don’t take too much credit.>

I decided not to, either.”

Therapist hubris is based on the mutual illusion of patient and therapist that theirs is not a relationship among equals. Thus, it fires the therapist’s infantile yearnings for magical solutions, omnipotence, oceanic love.”

* * *

DE VOLTA AO KOPP (CONCLUSÃO)

 

Everything is folly in this world, except to play the fool.”

 

“The response of embarrassment is not a personal flaw. On the contrary, it is a socially oriented readjustment pattern that acts to reestablish more orderly, adequate behavior. In showing embarrassment, the flustered person (sometimes unwittingly) reveals his responsiveness to the discrepancy between expected and actual performance. This offers the blunderer a chance to get himself together while remaining in consensual accord with the rest of the group. At the same time, perceiving his reaction, his audience is in a position to help him to reestablish his earlier state of unselfconscious ease.”

“I feel less pained and alone in my embarrassment, standing among these other naked therapists.”

“But for those of us who have not been subjected to excessive shaming, failing at something may be experienced as no more than not yet attaining what we might. For others who have too often been made to feel worthless, each failed attempt may create the feeling of being a total failure.”

“It was Erasmus who gave the West the paradox of the Wise Fool. In the literature of the Middle Ages, the Fool had played a minor role. But beginning with Erasmus’ book, In Praise of Folly, the Renaissance Fool stepped forward as a major figure in the humanist vision of man. Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, the bastard son of an obscure father, emerged as a great humanist who would be courted by princes, popes, and scholars of his age, a man whose Wise Fool would foster men’s self-acceptance for centuries to come.”

“Like Socrates, her only claim to wisdom is that she knows that she knows not.”

“Like all those later Fools, Don Quixote, Huck Finn, Chaplin’s little tramp, and the Marx Brothers, she does not comprehend what is expected of her by society. Like all clowns she is free to walk irreverently through the walls of convention, simply because she does not see that they exist. Often enough, these hollow boundaries collapse before the force of her ignorance.”

“The good judgment of the Wise is sometimes no more than the closed mindedness of those who know better.” I’d say Final Judgement.

“By accepting the Fool in myself, I open my imagination to all the possibilities that I was once too wise to consider.”

“So it is that when I was a young man I hoped to make fewer and fewer mistakes, while in my later life my ambition is to make more. I would sin boldly. Not that I have come to like feeling embarrassed. Not at all! Rather most of the time now it all just seems worth it to me to experience feeling foolish if that is the price of trying new ways of being.”

O palhaço que habita em mim saúda o palhaço que um dia habitará em você.

O homem ocidental se tornou zen para não apertar o botão da bomba; isso pausará sua existência cadavérica nesse mundo além de qualquer previsão legal… Eis o problema. O Último Homem aprendeu com seus erros logo após o penúltimo erro – que infortúnio e que pepino para nós! Se apenas houvesse uma máquina de auto-sepultamento, um suicídio assistido por si mesmo, uma auto-eutanásia no mais redundantemente literal dos zentidos… Ainda estamos impessoais demais diante do nosso instinto vital, não operamos a nossa própria máquina para comandar ações grandiloqüentes deste nível e desse porte! Asia Rise!

“A single individual’s solitary failing is painful, but the shared frailties of all men are ultimately comic. So it is that one stutterer is tragic, but like it or not, three stutterers having an argument is a funny scene.”

Seriousness is an accident of time. It consists in putting too high a value on time. In eternity there is no time. Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke” Herman Hesse, Steppenwolf

 

“Out of the Middle East comes the tradition of the Sufi, that mystical/intuitive aspect of Islam that ranges from the whirling trance states of the Dervishes to the teaching stories of that Wise Fool, Nasrudin. The Sufi tales offer the sort of folk wisdom that discloses that out of each situation comes its own remedy. Each mishap is an opportunity to learn if only our imagination is open to reappraising the source of our discomfort.”

Enjoy yourself, or try to learn—you will annoy someone. If you do not—you will annoy someone.”

 

Who is it who’s rejecting whom?… if somebody rejects me…who they think they’re rejecting isn’t me anyway.… By them pushing me away I see them caught in their own paranoia…” Baba Ram

Ser um incompreendido do meu tempo implica que eu mesmo não posso me compreender!

You don’t decide to give something up. They fall away, that’s the secret of it.”

 

It’s ok to fail on an impossible mission, right, Tom Cruise?

“Even when I am doing well, or being special, being judged is oppressive, carrying with it as it does the impossible ideal of perfection. How much easier is the freedom to be what I am, ordinary and imperfect as that may be, no more than a natural Fool.”

To witness my Self without blaming myself is like being a child again, only this time in a safe, warm place under the watchful eyes of loving parents. It is during such moments that I can accept whatever I do as no more than what I must do at that time. It is then that I would no more question the adequacy of what I am doing than I would wonder whether or not my cat knows just how to go about being a cat.”

Guru, If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him!, by the same author.

GLOSSÁRIO PSICANALÍTICO ou A FANTÁSTICA FÁBRICA DE CASOS ou ainda “NOVELA DAS NOJEIRAS E SUJIDADES DAS BIOGRAFIAS DOS PSICANALISTAS ATÉ AQUI (2001, por falta de dados mais atuais)”

considerações preliminares (Roud. & Plon)

a terminologia analítica dá uma impressão insólita que a língua de Freud não dá, se os recursos da língua do tradutor não (sic) forem sempre explorados; em outros casos é a simplicidade da expressão freudiana que torna imperceptível o seu tecnicismo.” “O método conveniente é antes de mais nada histórico-crítico, como o do Vocabulaire technique et critique de la philosophie, de André Lalande. Eram estas as intenções iniciais quando, por volta de 1937-39, se começou a executar o projeto de um vocabulário da psicanálise. Os dados recolhidos perderam-se”

a oposição entre <pulsão> e <instinto>, necessária para a compreensão da teoria psicanalítica, em nenhum lugar é formulada por Freud: a oposição entre <escolha por apoio> de objeto (ou anaclítica) e <escolha narcísica de objeto>, embora retomada pela maior parte dos autores, nem sempre é relacionada com aquilo que em Freud a esclarece: o <apoio> ou <anáclise> das <pulsões sexuais> sobre as funções de <auto-conservação>; a articulação entre <narcisismo> e <auto-erotismo>, sem a qual não se pode situar estas duas noções, perdeu rapidamente a sua primitiva nitidez, e isto até no próprio Freud.”

Psicanalistas não batem cabeça.

O primeiro dicionário de psicanálise, intitulado Handwörterbuch der Psychoanalyse, foi elaborado por Richard Sterba, entre 1931 e 1938. Foram publicados cinco fascículos, até o momento em que a ocupação da Áustria pelos nazistas pôs fim ao empreendimento. A intenção era compor um léxico geral dos termos freudianos, um vocabulário mais do que um recenseamento dos conceitos: <Não desconheço, escreveu Freud em uma carta a seu discípulo, que o caminho que parte da letra A e passa por todo o alfabeto é muito longo, e que percorrê-lo significaria para você uma enorme carga de trabalho. Assim, não o faça, a menos que se sinta internamente levado a isso. Apenas sob o efeito desse impulso, mas certamente não a partir de uma incitação externa!>” “Em sua famosa análise do caso Dora (Ida Bauer), ele frisava que um dicionário é sempre objeto de um prazer solitário e proibido, no qual a criança descobre, à revelia dos adultos, a verdade das palavras, a história do mundo ou a geografia do sexo.” “Sterba interrompeu a redação do seu Handwörterbuch na letra L, e a impressão do último volume na palavra Grössenwahn: <Não sei, declarou vinte anos depois em uma carta a Daniel Lagache, se esse termo se refere à minha megalomania ou à de Hitler.> De qualquer forma, o Handwörterbuch inacabado serviu de modelo para as obras do gênero, todas publicadas na mesma data (1967-1968), em uma época em que o movimento psicanalítico internacional, envolvido em rupturas e dúvidas, experimentava a necessidade de fazer um balanço e recompor, através de um saber comum, a sua unidade perdida. Diversas denominações foram utilizadas: GLOSSÁRIO, dicionário, enciclopédia, vocabulário.” “o Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis (600 verbetes) do psicanalista inglês Charles Rycroft, claro, conciso e racional, tinha a vantagem de não ser uma obra coletiva. (…) Rycroft foi também o primeiro a pensar o freudismo sem com isso deixar de considerar a terminologia pós-freudiana (especialmente a de Melanie Klein e de Donald Woods Winnicott).”

Quanto ao célebre Vocabulário da psicanálise(417 verbetes) de Jean Laplanche e Jean-Bertrand Pontalis, foi o primeiro e único a estabelecer os conceitos da psicanálise encontrando as <palavras> para traduzi-los, segundo uma perspectiva estrutural aplicada à obra de Freud. Composto de verdadeiros artigos (de 20 linhas a 15 páginas), e não de curtas notas técnicas, como os precedentes, inaugurou um novo estilo, optando por analisar <o aparelho nocional da psicanálise>, isto é, os conceitos elaborados por esta para <explicar suas descobertas específicas>. Marcados pelo ensino de Lacan e pela tradição francesa da história das ciências, os autores conseguiram a proeza de realizar uma escrita a duas vozes, impulsionada por um vigor teórico ausente nas outras obras. É a essas qualidades que ela deve seu sucesso.

Os insucessos terapêuticos, a invasão dos jargões e das lendas hagiográficas levaram a uma fragmentação generalizada do movimento freudiano, deixando livre curso à ofensiva fin-de-siècle das técnicas corporais. Relegada entre a magia e o cientificismo, entre o irracionalismo e a farmacologia, a psicanálise logo tomou o aspecto de uma respeitável velha senhora perdida em seus devaneios acadêmicos. O universalismo freudiano teve então o seu crepúsculo, mergulhando seus adeptos na nostalgia das origens heróicas.” Ó! “apareceram monstros polimorfos [Cilas], com entradas anárquicas e profusas, nas quais a lista dos verbetes, artigos e autores estendia-se infinitamente, pretendendo esgotar o saber do mundo, sob o risco de mergulhar as boas contribuições em um terrível caos.” Ver Bouvard e Pécuchet, de Flaubert!

Foram incluídos, enfim, os membros da família de Sigmund Freud, seus mestres diretos, os escritores e artistas com os quais ele manteve correspondência importante ou contato pessoal determinante, [PARTE DA FOFOCA E BASTIDORES] e os 23 livros por ele publicados entre 1891 e 1938, inclusive o segundo, escrito com Josef Breuer (Estudos sobre a histeria), e o último, inacabado e publicado a título póstumo (Esboço de psicanálise). Foi acrescentada uma outra obra póstuma, O presidente Thomas Woodrow Wilson, da qual Freud redigiu apenas o prefácio, mas à qual deu contribuição essencial como co-autor ao lado de William Bullitt.”

ABREVIATURAS BIBLIOGRÁFICAS

ESB Sigmund Freud, Edição Standard Brasileira das obras psicológicas completas de Sigmund Freud, 24 vols., Rio de Janeiro, Imago, 1977

GW Sigmund Freud, Gesammelte Werke, 17 vols., Frankfurt, Fischer, 1960-1988

IZPInternationale ärztlische Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse

IJP International Journal of Psycho-Analysis

OC Sigmund Freud, Oeuvres complètes, 21 vols., Paris, PUF, em preparação desde 1989

SE The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, org. James Strachey, 24 vols., Londres, Hogarth Press, 1953-1974

INÍCIO DO GLOSSÁRIO PROPRIAMENTE DITO, EM ORDEM ALFABÉTICA (ver BIBLIOGRAFIA-BASE e RECOMENDAÇÕES DE LEITURA ao final)

a posteriori ou ação diferida ou só-depois

O termo nachträglich é de uso repetido e constante em F., que muitas vezes o emprega sublinhado. Encontramos também a forma substantivada Nachträglichkeit

Segundo Jung, o adulto reinterpreta o seu passado nas suas fantasias, que constituem outras tantas expressões simbólicas dos seus problemas atuais. (…) meio de fugir das <exigências da realidade> presente” Vinculação com os estratos de Reich.

F. pergunta: por que o recalque incide preferencialmente sobre a sexualidade? (…) O primeiro acontecimento no tempo é constituído por uma cena sexual (sedução por um adulto), mas que não tem então para a criança significação sexual. O segundo apresenta certas analogias, que podem ser superficiais; mas, pelo fato de que nesse meio tempo surgiu a puberdade, a emoção sexual é possível, emoção que o sujeito ligará conscientemente a este segundo acontecimento, quando na realidade é provocada pela recordação do primeiro. (…) O ego utiliza então o recalque, modo de <defesa patológica>”

A tradução como “ação diferida”, em português e inglês, é hoje considerada anacrônica e indutora de confusão. Hoje: complemento ao verbete ab-reação.

ab-reação

#Autorreferente #facebookCasosdeFamília

Tudo menos os anos de zumbi (2009-2011)! Tudo menos o passado e o futuro remotos (o Ceará e a Soneca dos mortos)! Tudo menos o gelo do zero absoluto a que cheguei nestas incríveis zonas temporais que hoje me são estranhas, como se pertencessem a séculos enterrados pela humanidade, cujas vicissitudes ficaram sem registros. Postura que eu classificaria hoje como Anti-Ed***d****. A cura do Vanigracismo. Son of Netherrealm, aiming the Ascension. Thorns and Aborted Trees. You shouldn’t needa drink to kill or exorcize some painful devils… Foda-se a SOMAtória de suas vãs probabilidades…

A persistência do afeto que se liga a uma recordação depende de diversos fatores, e o mais importante deles está ligado ao modo como o sujeito reagiu a um determinado acontecimento. Esta reação pode ser constituída por reflexos voluntários e involuntários, pode ir das lágrimas à vingança. Se tal reação for suficientemente importante, grande parte do afeto ligado ao acontecimento desaparecerá. Se essa reação for reprimida(unterdrückt), o afeto se conservará ligado à recordação.”

A ab-reação é o caminho normal” “a ab-reação pode ser secundária, provocada pela psicoterapia catártica, que permite ao doente rememorar e objetivar pela palavra o acontecimento traumático, e libertar-se assim do quantum de afeto que o tornava patogênico.” TABU É O TEU CU: Verbalizar a morte do próximo. A maior burrice é ser inteligente o tempo todo. Em briga de condomínio de homens das cavernas não se usa terno e gravata nem se apara barba. Às vezes cagar nas calças é, sim, o melhor remédio. Uma ventilada brutal ou cem azias, tu escolhes – que fria! Vaso entupido, contanto que não seja o meu, é merda na cu da pimenta, ehr, quer dizer… Eu não levo desaforo pra casa: deixo debaixo da ponte mesmo…

AB-NEGADO AB-O-TO-‘ADO OR ÍGIDO FREE-GIDON (MICE MARINEER-BIKERS)

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on that party that’s over

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sterile

barking at the moon

As 3 histerias antigas (retenções de reação):

a) limitação psicofisiológica (pavor, estado hipnótico) HISTERIA HIPNÓIDE

b) limitação social atual HISTERIA DE RETENÇÃO (sovina de MERDA)

c) repressão consciente voluntária (conscientemente esquecer!) HISTERIA DE DEFESA (é o pior ataque?! – eu diria, antes, MÁ-FÉ)

OBS: “a” e “b” foram “extintas”.

Abraham, Karl

nome indissociável da história da grande saga freudiana. (…) pioneiro no desenvolvimento da psicanálise em Berlim. (…) Elaborou uma teoria dos estágios inspirado em Klein, que foi sua aluna. Formou muitos analistas, entre os quais Helene Deutsch, Edward Glover, Karen Horney, Sandor Rado, Ernst Simmel.”

Em 1906, casou-se com Hedwig Bürgner. Tiveram dois filhos. Abraham analisou sua filha Hilda (1906-1971), descrevendo o caso em um artigo de 1913, intitulado A pequena Hilda, devaneios e sintomas em uma menina de 7 anos.

Mais clínico do que teórico, Abraham escreveu artigos claros e breves, nos quais domina a observação concreta. Devem-se distinguir três épocas. Entre 1907 e 1910, dedicou-se a uma comparação entre a histeria e a demência precoce (que ainda não era chamada esquizofrenia) e à significação do trauma sexual na infância. Durante os dez anos seguintes, estudou a psicose maníaco-depressiva, o complexo de castração na mulher e as relações do sonho com os mitos. Em 1911, publicou um importante estudo sobre o pintor Giovanni Segantini (1859-1899), atingido por distúrbios melancólicos. Em 1912, redigiu um artigo sobre o culto monoteísta de Aton, do qual Freud se serviria em Moisés e o monoteísmo, esquecendo de citá-lo. Enfim, durante o terceiro período, descreveu os três estágios da libido: anal, oral, genital.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Karl Abraham, Oeuvres complètes, 2 vols. (1965), Paris, Payot, 1989;

Hilda Abraham, Karl Abraham, biographie inachevée, Paris, PUF, 1976.

Adler, Alfred (1870-1937)

Adler, primeiro grande dissidente da história do movimento psicanalítico,¹ nasceu em Rudolfsheim, subúrbio de Viena, em 7 de fevereiro de 1870. Na verdade, nunca aderiu às teses de Sigmund Freud, de quem se afastou em 1911, sem ter sido, como Carl Gustav Jung, seu discípulo privilegiado. (…) Ambos eram judeus e vienenses, ambos provinham de famílias de comerciantes que nunca conheceram realmente o sucesso social. Adler freqüentou o mesmo Gymnasium que Freud e fez estudos de medicina mais ou menos idênticos aos seus. Entretanto, originário de uma comunidade de Burgenland, era húngaro, o que fazia dele cidadão de um país cuja língua não falava. Tornou-se austríaco em 1911 e nunca teve a impressão de pertencer a uma minoria ou de ser vítima do anti-semitismo.

Segundo de 6 filhos, tinha saúde frágil, era raquítico e sujeito a crises de falta de ar. Além disso, tinha ciúme do irmão mais velho, que se chamava Sigmund, e com quem teve uma relação de rivalidade permanente, como a que teria mais tarde com Freud.” Vira-se para o Marxismo.

¹ Uma estátua para o rapaz já!

Em 1897, casou-se com Raissa Epstein, filha de um comerciante judeu originário da Rússia. A jovem pertencia aos círculos da intelligentsia e propalava opiniões de esquerda que a afastavam do modo de vida da burguesia vienense, em que a mulher devia ser antes de tudo mãe e esposa. Através dela, Adler freqüentou Léon Trotski (1879-1940) e depois, em 1908, foi terapeuta de Adolf Abramovitch Ioffe (1883-1927), futuro colaborador deste no jornal Pravda.

Em 1898, publicou sua primeira obra, Manual de higiene para a corporação dos alfaiates. Nela, traçava um quadro sombrio da situação social e econômica desse ofício no fim do século: condições de vida deploráveis, causando escolioses e doenças diversas ligadas ao uso de tinturas, salários miseráveis, etc.”

Em 1902, depois de ficar conhecendo Freud, começou a freqüentar as reuniões da Sociedade Psicológica das Quarta-Feiras, fazendo amizade com Wilhelm Stekel.” “Foi nessa data (1909) que começaram a se manifestar divergências fundamentais entre suas posições e as de Freud e seus partidários. Elas constam das Minutas da Sociedade, transcritas por Otto Rank e editadas por Hermann Nunberg.” “Freud começou então a criticar o conjunto das posições de Adler, acusando-o de se apegar a um ponto de vista biológico, de utilizar a diferença dos sexos em um sentido estritamente social e, enfim, de valorizar excessivamente a noção de inferioridade. Hoje, encontra-se a concepção adleriana da diferença dos sexos entre os teóricos do gênero (gender).” “Adler estava edificando uma psicologia do eu, da relação social, da adaptação, sem inconsciente nem determinação pela sexualidade.” “A noção de órgão inferior já existia na história da medicina, em que muitos clínicos observaram que um órgão de menor resistência sempre podia ser o centro de uma infecção. Adler transpunha essa concepção para a psicologia, fazendo da inferioridade deste ou daquele órgão em um indivíduo a causa de uma neurose transmissível por predisposição hereditária. Segundo ele, era assim que apareciam doenças do ouvido em famílias de músicos ou doenças dos olhos em famílias de pintores, etc.” Doenças do estômago em famílias retirantes?

A ruptura entre Freud e Adler foi de uma violência extrema, como mostram as críticas recíprocas que trocaram 35 anos depois. A um interlocutor americano que o questionava sobre Freud, Adler afirmou, em 1937, que <aquele de quem nunca fôra discípulo era um escroque astuto e intrigante>. Por sua vez, informado da morte de seu compatriota, Freud escreveu estas palavras terríveis em uma célebre carta a Arnold Zweig: <Para um rapaz judeu de um subúrbio vienense, uma morte em Aberdeen é por si só uma carreira pouco comum e uma prova de seu progresso. Realmente, o mundo o recompensou com generosidade pelo serviço que ele lhe prestou ao opor-se à psicanálise.>” “Foi preciso esperar pelos trabalhos da historiografia erudita, principalmente os de Henri F. Ellenberger e os de Paul E. Stepansky, para se formar uma idéia mais exata da realidade dessa dissidência.”

Em 1912, publicou O temperamento nervoso, em que expôs o essencial da sua doutrina, e um ano depois fundou a Associação para uma Psicologia Individual, com ex-membros do círculo freudiano, entre os quais Carl Furtmuller (1880-1951) e David Ernst Oppenheim (1881-1943).”

Em 1930, recebeu o título de cidadão de Viena, mas 4 anos depois, pressentindo que o nazismo dominaria a Europa inteira, pensou em emigrar para os Estados Unidos.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Alfred Adler, La Compensation psychique de l’état d’infériorité des organes (1898), Paris, Payot, 1956;

Manès Sperber, Alfred Adler et la psychologie individuelle (1970), Paris, Gallimard, 1972.

abstinência

É em 1915, ao se interrogar sobre qual deve ser a atitude do psicanalista confrontado com as manifestações da transferência amorosa, que Sigmund Freud fala pela primeira vez da regra de abstinência. Esclarece que não pretende evocar apenas a abstinência física do analista em relação à demanda amorosa da paciente, mas o que deve ser a atitude do analista para que subsistam no analisando as necessidades e desejos insatisfeitos que constituem o motor da análise.

Para ilustrar o caráter de tapeação de que se revestiria uma análise em que o analista atendesse às demandas de seus pacientes, Freud evoca a anedota do padre que vai dar os últimos sacramentos a um corretor de seguros descrente: ao final da conversa no quarto do moribundo, o ateu não parece haver se convertido, mas o padre contratou um seguro.”

o tratamento psicanalítico deve, <tanto quanto possível, efetuar-se num estado de frustração e abstinência>. Mas F. deixa claro que não se trata de proibir tudo ao paciente e que a abstinência deve ser articulada com a dinâmica específica de cada análise. Este último esclarecimento foi progressivamente perdido de vista, assim como se esqueceu a ênfase depositada por Freud no caráter incerto da satisfação a longo prazo. O surgimento de uma concepção pedagógica e ortopédica do tratamento psicanalítico contribuiu para a transformação da regra de abstinência em um conjunto de medidas ativas e repressivas, que visam fornecer uma imagem da posição do analista em termos de autoridade e poder.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Sigmund Freud, “Observações sobre o amor transferencial”, (1915), ESB, XII, pp. 208-21. (artigo)

afaniseou afânise

Termo introduzido por Ernest Jones (Early Development of Female Sexuality, 1927); desaparecimento do desejo sexual. Segundo este autor, a afanise seria, nos 2 sexos, objeto de um temor mais fundamental que o temor da castração.”

afeto

O afeto é a expressão qualitativa da quantidade de energia pulsional e das suas variações.” Mais tarde, ainda em Freud (muito confuso): “O afeto é aí definido como a tradução subjetiva da quantidade de energia pulsional. Freud distingue aqui nitidamente o aspecto subjetivo do afeto e os processos energéticos que o condicionam.”

LINK COM #Ab-reação: “Somente quando a evocação da recordação provoca a revivescência do afeto que estava ligado a ela na origem é que a rememoração encontra a sua eficácia terapêutica.”

O mundo como afeto & representação (não existe afeto inconsciente)

Sub-espécies de estados do afeto dinâmico:

a) transformação (ansiedade, depressão)

b) deslocamento (obsessão, paranóia)

c) conversão (histeria)

(Classificação tripartite provavelmente tão obsoleta quanto aquela da histeria enumerada no verbete ab-reação.)

afonia

Perda mais ou menos considerável da força e da clareza da voz.”

afonia”, in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa, http://dicionario.priberam.org/afonia [consultado em 05-10-2018].

agressão

a hipótese de uma <pulsão de agressão> autônoma, emitida por Adler logo em 1908, foi durante muito tempo recusada por Freud” Normal.

…o doente no decorrer de outros tratamentos só evoca transferências ternas e amigáveis em favor da sua cura […]. Na psicaná., em contrapartida, todas as moções, incluindo as hostis, devem ser despertadas, utilizadas pela análise ao se tornarem conscientes.” F.

Um-dois abismo(s) entre o dever e o poder e o ser, hehe!

Os 3 tipos de chistes (e lá vamos nós de novo com esse de TRÊS TIPOS DE…):

a) o ingênuo (o chiste pelo chiste)

b) o hostil (agressivo, negro, defensivo)

c) o obsceno (???)

Alemanha

Sem o advento do nazismo, que a esvaziou da quase totalidade de seus intelectuais e eruditos, a Alemanha teria sido o mais poderoso país de implantação da psicanálise. Se fosse necessário comprovar essa afirmação, bastariam os nomes de seus prestigiosos fundadores, que se naturalizaram americanos, quando não morreram antes de poder emigrar: Karl Abraham, Max Eitingon, Otto Fenichel, Ernst Simmel, Otto Gross, Georg Groddeck, Wilhelm Reich, Erich Fromm, Karen Horney.”

Tratada de <psiquiatria de dona de casa> pelos meios da medicina acadêmica, a psicanálise foi mal-aceita pelos grandes nomes do saber psiquiátrico, e principalmente por Emil Kraepelin. Reprovavam o seu estilo literário e a sua metapsicologia, embora Freud tivesse assimilado em seus trabalhos uma parte importante da nosologia kraepeliniana. Entretanto, foi mesmo no campo do saber psiquiátrico que ela acabou por ser reconhecida, graças à ação de alguns pioneiros.”

No nível universitário, a resistência se manifestou de modo mais determinado. Como sublinha Jacques Le Rider, <a psicologia alemã construíra a sua reputação sobre a pesquisa em laboratório, sobre um método científico do qual a física e a química eram o modelo ideal, e cujo espírito positivo pretendia banir qualquer especulação, reconhecendo apenas um saber sintético: a biologia>. A escola alemã de psicologia reagiu contra a Naturphilosophie do século XIX, essa ciência da alma que florescera na esteira do romantismo e de que se nutriam os trabalhos freudianos.Thomas Mann seria um dos poucos a reconhecer o valor científico desse freudismo julgado excessivamente literário pelos psicólogos universitários.

No campo da filosofia, a psicanálise passava por ser aquele <psicologismo> denunciado por Edmund Husserl desde seus primeiros trabalhos. Assim, ela foi criticada em 1913 por Karl Jaspers (1883-1969) em uma obra monumental, Psicopatologia geral, que teve um grande papel na gênese de uma psiquiatria fenomenológica, principalmente na França, em torno de Eugène Minkowski, de Daniel Lagache e do jovem Jacques Lacan. Em 1937, Alexander Mitscherlisch tentou convencer Jaspers a modificar a sua opinião, mas chocou-se com a hostilidade do filósofo, que manteve-se surdo aos seus argumentos.”

Três congressos se realizaram em cidades alemãs: Nuremberg em 1910, onde foi criada a International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), Weimar em 1911, do qual participaram 116 congressistas, Munique em 1913, quando se consumou a partida de Jung e seus partidários. Um ano depois, Freud pediu a Abraham que sucedesse a Jung na direção da IPA.”

Centro da divulgação clínica, Berlim continuava sendo pioneira de um certo conservadorismo político e doutrinário. E foi Frankfurt que se tornou o lugar da reflexão intelectual, dando origem à corrente da <esquerda freudiana>, sob a influência de Otto Fenichel, e à instituição do Frankfurter Psychoanalytisches Institut.” “Institut für Sozialforschung (…) Núcleo fundador da futura Escola de Frankfurt, esse instituto de pesquisas sociais fundado em 1923 originou a elaboração da teoria crítica, doutrina sociológica e filosófica que se apoiava simultaneamente na psicanálise, na fenomenologia e no marxismo, para refletir sobre as condições de produção da cultura no seio de uma sociedade dominada pela racionalidade tecnológica.”

Muito se disse, como sabemos, que o seu método original correspondia essencialmente à natureza da burguesia muito refinada de Viena, na época em que ele foi concebido. Claro que isso é totalmente falso em geral, mas mesmo que houvesse um grão de verdade isso em nada invalidaria a obra de Freud. Quanto maior for uma obra, mais estará enraizada em uma situação histórica concreta.”Horkheimer

Em 1930, graças à intervenção do escritor Alfons Paquet (1881-1944), a cidade concedeu a Freud o prêmio Goethe. Em seu discurso, lido por sua filha Anna, Freud prestou homenagem à Naturphilosophie, símbolo do laço espiritual que unia a Alemanha à Áustria, e à beleza da obra de Goethe, segundo ele próxima do eros platônico encerrado no âmago da psicanálise.

Depois da ascensão de Hitler ao poder, Matthias Göring, primo do marechal, decidido a depurar a doutrina freudiana de seu <espírito judaico>, pôs em prática o programa de <arianização da psicanálise>, que previa a exclusão dos judeus e a transformação do vocabulário. Rapidamente, conquistou as boas graças de alguns freudianos, dispostos a se lançarem nessa aventura, como Felix Boehm e Carl Müller-Braunschweig, aos quais se reuniram depois Harald Schultz-Hencke e Werner Kemper. Nenhum deles estava engajado na causa do nazismo. Membros da DPG e do BPI, um freudiano ortodoxo, o segundo adleriano e o terceiro neutro, simplesmente tinham ciúme de seus colegas judeus. Assim, o advento do nacional-socialismo foi para eles uma boa oportunidade de fazer carreira.

ambivalência

Ver também OBJETO (“BOM” E “MAU”).

#OFFTOPICFILOSOFAL É Além do Bem e do Mal a superação do princípio da não-contradição ou apenas uma solução guiada por este princípio? Pegadinha do Mallandgenstein.

anáclise ou apoio

[Devido a divergências de traduções ou simplesmente à incompetência da teoria,] o conceito de Anlehnungnão foi nitidamente apreendido pelos leitores de Freud.” “em francês o substantivo anaclise (anáclise), que traduziria Anlehnung, não é admitido. (…) os autores deste Vocabulário propuseram como equivalente étayage (apoio)”

Trata-se do momento de escolha do primeiro objeto de amor (paixão). A famosa necessidade do supérfluo(encobridor).

Parece que, até hoje, a noção de apoio não foi plenamente apreendida na obra de Freud; quando vemos intervir esta noção, é quase sempre na concepção de escolha de objeto, que longe de defini-la por inteiro, supõe que ela esteja no centro de uma teoria das pulsões.

O seu sentido principal é estabelecer uma [diferença entre as pulsões de autoconservação e o nascimento das pulsões sexuais e auxiliar na compreensão entre a separação entre desenvolvimento da heteronomia e autoerotismo ou narcisimo].” Apoio Exterior

anaclítica, depressão (Klein)

É um tipo de depressão passível de desenvolvimento já em bebês. Poder-se-ia chamar de “desmame traumático” que não foi satisfatoriamente reposto. É estruturalmente oposta à depressão adulta. = HOSPITALIZAÇÃO de ROUDINESCO. O verbete vem de René Spitz (The Psycho-Analytic Study of the Child; La première année de la vie de l’enfant).

análise didática

O ensino formal da psicanálise para a formação do profissional clínico, que inclui a análise propriamente dita do inconsciente do paciente-aprendiz.

Sobre o mito da autoanálise (a 1ª análise didática feita dentro da psicanálise, necessariamente, pelo Pai da disciplina): só Freud? Ou o mesmo afirmara, num congresso, que seria pré-requisito para o exercício da profissão? Respostas mais adiante, nos IMPERDÍVEIS CAPÍTULOS VERBORRÁGICOS DESTA SAGA, amigos!

F. presta homenagem à escola de Zurique por ter <…apresentado a exigência segundo a qual quem quiser praticar análises sobre outros deve 1º submeter-se a uma análise realizada por alguém com experiência>.” Experiência é relativa, diria seu mentor na Filosofia…

Foi em 1922, no Congresso da Associação Psicanalítica Internacional, 2 anos após a fundação do Instituto de Psicanálise de Berlim, que se apresentou a exigência da análise didática para todo e qualquer candidato a analista.”

Para resistir firmemente a essa investida geral do paciente, é preciso que o analista também tenha sido plena e completamente analisado. (…) muitas vezes se julga suficiente que um candidato passe um ano familiarizando-se com os principais mecanismos naquilo a que se chama a sua análise didática. Quanto ao seu progresso ulterior, confia-se no que virá a aprender no decorrer da própria experiência. (…) enquanto nem todos os empreendimentos com fins terapêuticos precisam ser levados até a profundidade quando falamos de uma terminação consumada da análise, o próprio analista deve conhecer e controlar mesmo as fraquezas mais secretas do seu caráter, e isto é impossível sem uma análise plenamente acabada.” Ferenczi

Hmmm… Que torre de Babel não temos aqui!

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Balint, Sobre o sistema de formação psicanalítica

análise direta

Espécie de “análise intensiva” para casos de psicose. Inimiga, portanto, do princípio freudiano de abstinência.

o paciente sente-se compreendido por um terapeuta ao qual atribui a compreensão todo-poderosa de uma mãe ideal; tranqüiliza-se com palavras que visam o conteúdo infantil das suas angústias mostrando a inanidade delas.” Tem-se por base que na terapia para o neurótico a postura do psicanalista tem de ser muito mais neutra. A teoria de base que sustenta essa metodologia é a de que o psicótico é necessariamente aquela criança que sofreu a influências de uma mãe perversa.

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Rosen, Direct Analysis

análise existencial (Daseinanalyse)

Entre os adeptos franceses da análise existencial encontramos Eugène Minkowski, o Jean-Paul Sartre de O ser e o nada [Hm… muito mais na persona literária…] e o jovem Michel Foucault (até 1954). (…) Na Grã-Bretanha, é essencialmente em Ronald Laing que encontramos a temática existencial.” how LAING will this treatment take?

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Viktor Frankl, La Psychothérapie et son image de l’homme, Paris, Resma, 1970.

Andersson, Ola

Pioneiro da historiografia erudita, Ola Andersson teve um destino curioso no movimento freudiano. O único livro que escreveu, publicado em 1962 com o título anglófono de Studies in the Pre-history of Psychoanalysis. The Etiology of Psychoneuroses (1886-1896) [ver versão francesa nas indicações de leitura], foi completamente ignorado na Suécia nos meios psicanalíticos, embora seu autor ocupasse funções acadêmicas importantes e fosse responsável pela tradução sueca das obras de Sigmund Freud. [!]”

No seu próprio trabalho, Andersson empreendeu então a primeira grande revisão de um caso princeps dos Estudos sobre a histeria: o caso Emmy von N.. Descobriu seu nome verdadeiro, Fanny Moser, expôs a sua história no congresso da IPA de Amsterdam em 1965, e esperou 14 anos para publicar um artigo sobre esse tema na The Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review.” “Entretanto, ao contrário de Ellenberger, continuou apegado, como membro da IPA, à ortodoxia oriunda de Ernest Jones, cujo trabalho biográfico admirava, o que o impediu de empenhar-se mais na história erudita. Sofreu muito com seu isolamento no seio da Sociedade Psicanalítica Sueca, a ponto de pedir a Ellenberger, em 1976, que o ajudasse a emigrar para os Estados Unidos.”

Seu sobrenome Andersson, psicanalista ao mesmo tempo integrado e marginal, foi realmente apagado da história intelectual de seu país, a ponto de não figurar na Enciclopédia nacional sueca, ele que havia escrito tantos artigos em diversas enciclopédias suecas.”

Andreas-Salomé, Lou, née Lelia (Louise) von Salomé (1861-1937)

Mais por sua vida do que por suas obras, Lou Andreas-Salomé teve um destino excepcional na história do século XX. Figura emblemática da feminilidade narcísica,¹ concebia o amor sexual como uma paixão física que se esgotava logo que o desejo fosse saciado. Só o amor intelectual, fundado na mais absoluta fidelidade, era capaz, dizia ela, de resistir ao tempo.”

¹ O que seria isso?

Ironizava as invectivas, os boatos e os escândalos, decidida a não se dobrar às imposições sociais. Depois de Nietzsche (1844-1900) e de Rilke (1875-1926), Freud ficou deslumbrado por essa mulher, a quem amou ternamente e que revolucionou a sua existência.

Nascida em São Petersburgo, em uma família da aristocracia alemã, Lou Salomé era filha de um general do exército dos Romanov. Com a idade de 17 anos, recusando-se a ser confirmada pelo pastor da Igreja evangélica reformada, à qual pertencia sua família, colocou-se sob a direção de outro pastor, Hendrik Gillot, dândi brilhante e culto, que se apaixonou por ela logo que a iniciou na leitura dos grandes filósofos.”

Graças a Malwida von Meysenburg (1816-1903), grande dama do feminismo alemão, ficou conhecendo o escritor Paul Rée (1849-1901), que lhe apresentou Nietzsche. Persuadido de que encontrara a única mulher capaz de compreendê-lo, este lhe fez um pedido solene de casamento. Lou recusou-se. A esses dois homens, profundamente apaixonados por ela, propôs então constituírem uma espécie de trindade intelectual, e em maio de 1882 [38 x 33 x 21 anos], para selar o pacto, fizeram-se fotografar juntos, diante de um cenário de papelão: Nietzsche e Rée atrelados a uma charrete, Lou segurando as rédeas.” “Foi a adesão ao narcisismo nietzschiano, e de modo mais geral o culto do ego, característico da Lebensphilosophie (filosofia da vida)¹ fin de siècle, que preparou o encontro de Lou com a psicanálise.” Blá, blá, blá…

¹ Por que afinal via de regra é a filosofia-da-morte, certo?

PICÂNCIA EDÍPICA CHULA

Em junho de 1887, Lou casou-se com o orientalista alemão Friedrich-Carl Andreas, que ensinava na Universidade de Göttingen. O casamento não foi consumado, e Georg Ledebourg, fundador do Partido Social-Democrata alemão tornou-se seu primeiro amante, algum tempo antes de Friedrich Pineles, médico vienense. Essa segunda ligação terminou com um aborto e uma trágica renúncia à maternidade. Lou instalou-se então em Munique, onde ficou conhecendo o jovem poeta Rainer Maria Rilke: <Fui tua mulher durante anos, escreveria ela em Minha vida, porque foste a primeira realidade, em que o homem e o corpo são indiscerníveis um do outro, fato incontestável da própria vida […]. Éramos irmão e irmã, mas como naquele passado longínquo, antes que o casamento entre irmão e irmã se tornasse um sacrilégio.>” “como diria Freud em 1937, <ela foi ao mesmo tempo a musa e a mãe zelosa do grande poeta […] que era tão infeliz diante da vida.>” Mal consigo contar os clichês deste verbete…

Em seu artigo de 1914 sobre o narcisismo, era nela que pensava quando descreveu os traços tão particulares dessas mulheres, que se assemelham a grandes animais solitários mergulhados na contemplação de si mesmos.”“Logo ela abraçou exclusivamente a causa do freudismo. Foi então que se apaixonou porViktor Tausk, o homem mais belo e mais melancólico do círculo freudiano.”“Introduzida no círculo da Berggasse, tornou-se familiar da casa e apegou-se particularmente a Anna Freud. Depois das reuniões das quartas-feiras, Freud a conduzia a seu hotel; depois de cada jantar, a cumulava de flores.”

Fiquei sabendo com temor — e pela melhor fonte — que todos os dias você dedica até dez horas à psicanálise. Naturalmente, considero isso uma tentativa de suicídio mal-dissimulada, o que muito me surpreende, pois, que eu saiba, você tem muito poucos sentimentos de culpa neurótica. Portanto, insisto que pare e de preferência aumente o preço de suas consultas em um quarto ou na metade, segundo as flutuações da queda do marco. Parece que a arte de contar foi esquecida pela multidão de fadas que se reuniram em torno do seu berço quando você nasceu. Por favor, não jogue pela janela este meu aviso.”

Empobrecida pela inflação que assolava a Alemanha e obrigada a manter os membros de sua família arruinados pela Revolução de Outubro, Lou não conseguia suprir suas necessidades. Embora nunca pedisse nada, Freud lhe enviava somas generosas e dividia com ela, como dizia, a sua <fortuna recentemente adquirida>.

OEDIPUS GONNA ANTIOEDIPALIZE YOU: “Lou tornou-se confidente da filha de Freud e até sua segunda analista, quando isso se tornou necessário.”

Para comemorar o seu 75º aniversário, Lou decidiu dedicar a Freud um livro, para expressar sua gratidão e alguns desacordos. Criticava principalmente os erros cometidos pela psicanálise a respeito da criação estética, reduzida abusivamente, dizia ela, a um caso de recalque. Freud aceitou sem reservas a argumentação, mas tentou conseguir que ela mudasse o título da obra (Minha gratidão a Freud).”

A partir de 1933, Lou assistiu com horror à instauração do regime nazista. Conhecia o ódio que lhe consagrava Elisabeth Forster (1846-1935), irmã de Nietzsche, que se tornara adepta fervorosa do hitlerismo. Conhecia os desvios que esta impusera à filosofia do homem de quem fôra tão próxima e que tanto admirava. Não ignorava que os burgueses de Göttingen a chamavam A Feiticeira. Mas decidiu não fugir da Alemanha. Alguns dias depois de sua morte, um funcionário da Gestapo foi à sua casa para confiscar a biblioteca, que seria jogada nos porões da prefeitura:Apresentou-se como razão para esse confisco, escreveu Peters, que Lou fôra psicanalista e praticara aquilo que os nazistas chamavam de ciência judaica, que ela fôra colaboradora e amiga íntima de Sigmund Freud e que a sua biblioteca estava apinhada de autores judeus.

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Lou Andreas-Salomé, Fenitschka (Stuttgart, 1898), Paris, Des Femmes, 1985;

______. Érotisme (Frankfurt, 1910, Munique, 1979), in: Eros, Paris, Minuit, 1984; (art.)

______. Rainer Maria Rilke (Leipzig, 1928), Paris, Marendell, 1989;

______. Ma gratitude envers Freud (Viena, 1931, Paris, 1983), Seuil, col. “Points”, 1987, traduzido com o título Lettre ouverte à Freud;

______. Ma vie (Zurique, 1951, Frankfurt 1977), Paris, PUF, 1977;

______. L’Amour du narcissisme, Paris, Gallimard, 1980;

______. Carnets intimes des dernières années (Frankfurt, 1982), Paris, Hachette, 1983;

______. En Russie avec Rilke, 1900. Journal inédit, Paris, Seuil, 1992;

Freud & Lou Andréas-Salomé, correspondência completa (Frankfurt, 1966), Rio de Janeiro, Imago, 1975;

Nietzsche, Rée & Salomé, Correspondance (Frankfurt, 1970), Paris, PUF, 1979;

H.F. Peters, My sister, my spouse (N. York, 1962), Rio de Janeiro, Jorge Zahar, 1986;

Rudolph Binion, Frau Lou, Nietzsche’s Wayward Disciple, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1968;

Angela Livingstone, Lou Andreas-Salomé: Her Life and Work (Londres, 1984), Paris, PUF, 1990.

antipsiquiatria

Sob certos aspectos, a antipsiquiatria foi a seqüência lógica e o desfecho da psicoterapia institucional. Se esta havia tentado reformar os manicômios e transformar as relações entre os que prestavam e os que recebiam cuidados, no sentido de uma ampla abertura para o mundo da loucura, a antipsiquiatria visou a extinguir os manicômios e eliminar a própria idéia de doença mental.” “foi justamente por ter sido uma revolta que a antipsiquiatria teve, ao mesmo tempo, uma duração efêmera e um impacto considerável no mundo inteiro. Ela foi uma espécie de utopia: a da possível transformação da loucura num estilo de vida, numa viagem, num modo de ser diferente e de estar do outro lado da razão, como a haviam definido Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) e, depois dele, o movimento surrealista.”

Assim como o movimento psicanalítico havia fabricado sua lenda das origens através da história de Anna O. (Bertha Pappenheim), a antipsiquiatria também reivindicou a aventura de uma mulher: Mary Barnes. Essa ex-enfermeira, reconhecida como esquizofrênica e incurável, tinha cerca de 40 anos ao ingressar no Hospital de Kingsley Hall, onde Joseph Berke a deixou regredir durante 5 anos. Através dessa descida aos infernos e de uma espécie de morte simbólica, ela pôde renascer para a vida, tornar-se pintora e, mais tarde, redigir sua <viagem>.”

GUERRA FRIA LACAN X SEU MESTRE: “Na França, não houve nenhuma verdadeira corrente antipsiquiátrica, de um lado porque a esquerda lacaniana ocupou parcialmente o terreno da revolta contra a ordem psiquiátrica, através da corrente da psicoterapia institucional, e de outro, em função de Foucault e Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) [Batman & Robin], cujos trabalhos cristalizaram a contestação <antipsiquiátrica> a uma dupla ortodoxia, freudiana e lacaniana.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

David Cooper, Psiquiatria e antipsiquiatria (Londres, 1967);

Mary Barnes & Joseph Berke. Un voyage à travers la folie (Londres, 1971), Paris, Seuil, 1973;

Thomas Szasz, Le Mythe de la maladie mentale (N. York, 1974), Paris, Payot, 1975.

antropologia

O debate entre os antropólogos e os psicanalistas começou após a publicação, em 1912-1913, do livro Totem e tabu e deu origem a uma nova disciplina, a etnopsicanálise, cujos dois grandes representantes foram Geza Roheim e Georges Devereux. Seu principal contexto geográfico inicial foi a Melanésia, isto é, a Austrália, onde ainda viviam aborígines que, no final do século, eram considerados o povo mais <primitivo> do planeta, e as ilhas situadas a sudoeste do oceano Pacífico (Trobriand e Normanby), habitadas pelos melanésios propriamente ditos e pelos polinésios. Posteriormente, o campo de eleição foi o dos índios da América do Norte.”

Derivada do grego (ethnos: povo, e logos: pensamento), a palavra etnologia só veio a surgir no século XIX. Todavia, o estudo comparativo dos povos remonta a Heródoto. Se, de acordo com os antigos, o mundo estava estaticamente dividido entre a civilização e a barbárie (externa à cidade), a questão colocou-se de outra maneira na era cristã. Os missionários e conquistadores se indagaram, com efeito, se os indígenas tinham alma ou não.”

Daí nasceu a tese de que o primitivo se assemelha à criança, que se assemelha ao neurótico. Foi nesse darwinismo que Freud se inspirou, através dos trabalhos de James George Frazer (1854-1941) sobre o totemismo e de William Robertson Smith (1846-1894) sobre o tabu.”

Na França, a palavra ethnologie, etnologia, surgiu em 1838, para designar o estudo comparativo dos chamados costumes e instituições <primitivos>. Dezessete anos depois, foi suplantada pelo termo antropologia, ao qual o médico Paul Broca (1824-1881) associou seu nome, ao fazer dela uma disciplina física e anatômica que logo desembocou, no contexto da teoria da hereditariedade-degenerescência, no estudo das <raças> e das <etnias>, concebidas como espécies zoológicas.

No mundo anglófono, ao contrário (na Grã-Bretanha e, depois, nos Estados Unidos), a palavra ethnology cobriu o campo da antropologia física (no sentido francês), enquanto se cunhou, em 1908, o termo social anthropology, para designar a cátedra de antropologia de Frazer na Universidade de Liverpool.”

Observe-se que Charles Seligman (1873-1940) e William Rivers (1864-1922), dois antropólogos de formação médica, foram os primeiros a tornar conhecidos no meio acadêmico da antropologia inglesa os trabalhos freudianos sobre o sonho, a hipnose e a histeria. Mais tarde, esse trabalho teve seguimento através da escola culturalista norte-americana, desde Margaret Mead até Ruth Benedict (1887-1948), passando por Abram Kardiner e pelo neofreudismo.”

Quanto à antiga escola de antropologia, ela evoluiria para o racismo, o anti-semitismo e o colaboracionismo, em especial sob a influência de Georges Montandon, ex-médico e adepto das teses do padre Wilhelm Schmidt (1868-1954). Fundador da Escola Etnológica de Viena e diretor, em 1927, do museu etnográfico pontifical de Roma, Schmidt acusaria Freud de querer destruir a família ocidental. Quanto a Montandon, ele participaria do extermínio dos judeus durante o regime de Vichy e seria amigo do psicanalista e demógrafo Georges Mauco.

Foi preciso esperar pela segunda metade do século XX para que fosse introduzida na França, através de Claude Lévi-Strauss, a terminologia anglófona. Em 1954, ele livrou o termo <antropologia> de todas as antigas imagens da hereditariedade-degenerescência, a fim de definir uma nova disciplina que abarcasse, ao mesmo tempo, a etnografia, como primeira etapa de um trabalho de campo, e a etnologia, designada como segunda etapa e primeira reflexão sintética.

Se Marcel Mauss, sobrinho de Émile Durkheim, havia desvinculado a etnologia da sociologia durkheimiana, embora se inspirasse em seus modelos, Claude Lévi-Strauss passou da etnologia para a antropologia, unificando os dois campos (anglófono e francófono) em torno de três grandes eixos: o parentesco (em vez da família e do patriarcado), o universalismo relativista (em vez do culturalismo) e o incesto. Situou-se prontamente como contemporâneo da obra freudiana, à qual se referiu, como ao Curso de lingüística geral de Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913), sublinhando, em Tristes trópicos, o que ela lhe havia trazido: <…(essa obra) me revelou que […] são as condutas aparentemente mais afetivas, as operações menos racionais e as manifestações declaradas pré-lógicas que são, ao mesmo tempo, as mais significativas.>“Lévi-Strauss foi, sem sombra de dúvida, o primeiro etnólogo a teorizar a viagem etnológica segundo o modelo de uma estrutura melancólica: todo etnólogo redige uma autobiografia ou escreve confissões, diria ele, em essência, porque tem que passar pelo eu para se desligar do eu.”

PREFIGURAÇÃO DE BAUDRILLARD: “Foi dentro dessa orientação que ele estabeleceu uma analogia entre a técnica de cura xamanista e o tratamento psicanalítico. Na primeira, dizia, o feiticeiro fala e provoca a ab-reação, isto é, a liberação dos afetos do enfermo, ao passo que, na segunda, esse papel cabe ao médico que escuta, no bojo de uma relação na qual é o doente quem fala. Além dessa comparação, Lévi-Strauss mostrou que, nas sociedades ocidentais, tendia a constituir-se uma <mitologia psicanalítica> que fizesse as vezes de sistema de interpretação coletivo: <Assim, vemos despontar um perigo considerável: o de que o tratamento, longe de levar à resolução de um distúrbio preciso, sempre respeitando o contexto, reduza-se à reorganização do universo do paciente em função das interpretações psicanalíticas.> Se a cura, portanto, sobrevém através da adesão a um mito, agindo este como uma organização estrutural, isso significa que esse sistema é dominado por uma eficácia simbólica. Daí a idéia, proposta já em 1947 na Introdução à obra de Marcel Mauss, de que o chamado inconsciente não seria outra coisa senão um lugar vazio onde se consumaria uma autonomia da função simbólica.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

(a eterna busca pelo ramo de ouro) Pierre Bonte & Michel Izard, Dictionnaire de l’ethnologie et de l’anthropologie, Paris, PUF, 1992;

R. Lowie, Histoire de l’ethnologie classique (N. York, 1937), Paris, Payot, 1971.

anulação

o isolamento, uma forma de defesa característica da neurose obsessiva, processo mágico em Freud (1926)

Anzieu, Marguerite (Aimée), paciente de Lacan

Foi Élisabeth Roudinesco quem revelou pela primeira vez, em 1986, a verdadeira identidade dessa mulher, e depois reconstruiu, em 1993, a quase totalidade de sua biografia, a partir do testemunho de Didier Anzieu e dos membros de sua família.”

Marguerite Pantaine provinha de uma família católica e interiorana do centro da França. Criada por uma mãe que sofria de sintomas persecutórios, sonhou desde muito cedo, à maneira de Emma Bovary, sair de sua situação e se tornar uma intelectual. Em 1910, ingressou na administração dos correios e, sete anos depois, casou-se com René Anzieu, também funcionário público. Em 1921, quando grávida de seu filho Didier, começou a ter um comportamento estranho: mania de perseguição, estados depressivos. Após o nascimento do filho, instalou-se numa vida dupla: de um lado, o universo cotidiano das atividades de funcionária dos correios, de outro, uma vida imaginária, feita de delírios. Em 1930, redigiu de enfiada dois romances que quis mandar publicar, e logo se convenceu de estar sendo vítima de uma tentativa de perseguição por parte de Hughette Duflos, uma célebre atriz do teatro parisiense dos anos 30. Em abril de 1931, tentou matá-la com uma facada, mas a atriz se esquivou do golpe e Marguerite foi internada no Hospital Sainte-Anne, onde foi confiada a Jacques Lacan, que fez dela um caso de erotomania e de paranóia de autopunição.

A continuação da história de Marguerite Anzieu é um verdadeiro romance. Em 1949, seu filho Didier, havendo concluído seus estudos de filosofia, resolveu tornar-se analista. Fez sua formação didática no divã de Lacan, enquanto preparava uma tese sobre a auto-análise de Freud sob a orientação de Daniel Lagache, sem saber que sua mãe tinha sido o famoso caso Aimée. Lacan não reconheceu nesse homem o filho de sua ex-paciente, e Anzieu soube da verdade pela boca da mãe, quando esta, por um acaso extraordinário, empregou-se como governanta na casa de Alfred Lacan (1873-1960), pai de Jacques” [!!]

Argentina

Independente desde 1816, depois de ter-se submetido à colonização espanhola, a Argentina viveu sob o reino dos caudilhos durante todo o século XIX. A partir de 1860, a cidade de Buenos Aires, sob a influência da sua classe dominante, os portenhos, esteve na liderança da revolução industrial e da construção de um Estado moderno. Em 1880, realizou-se a unidade entre as diferentes províncias e a cidade portuária se tornou a capital federal do país. Em 50 anos (1880-1930), a Argentina acolheu 6 milhões de imigrantes, italianos ou espanhóis na maioria; três vezes o volume de sua população inicial. Fugindo dos pogroms, os judeus da Europa central e oriental se misturaram a esse movimento migratório e se instalaram em Buenos Aires, fazendo da capital o centro de um cosmopolitismo aberto a todas as idéias novas.” “Fundador do asilo argentino, Lucio Melendez repetiu no seu país o gesto de Philippe Pinel, criando uma organização de saúde mental dotada de uma rede de hospitais psiquiátricos e edificando uma nosografia inspirada em Esquirol. Domingo Cabred, seu sucessor, prosseguiu a obra, adaptando a clínica da loucura aos princípios da hereditariedade-degenerescência. Na mesma época, começaram a afirmar-se as pesquisas em criminologia e em sexologia, enquanto o ensino da psicologia, em todas as suas tendências, tomava uma extensão considerável, com a criação, em 1896, de uma primeira cátedra universitária em Buenos Aires.”

Em 1904, José Ingenieros, psiquiatra e criminologista, publicou o primeiro artigo que mencionava o nome de Freud. Depois, durante os anos 1920, vários autores apresentaram a psicanálise ora como uma moda ou uma epidemia (Anibal Ponce), ora como uma etapa da história da psicologia (Enrique Mouchet). Em 1930, Jorge Thénon afirmou que ela era excessivamente metapsicológica, sem com isso negar o seu interesse. Curiosamente, enquanto uma notável tradução espanhola das obras de Freud estava em preparação em Madri, sob a direção de José Ortega y Gasset, os autores argentinos se referiam a versões francesas. Do mesmo modo, importavam as polêmicas parisienses, às quais acrescentavam — imposição da latinidade — as críticas italianas. Assim, os argumentos de Enrico Morselli (1852-1929) tiveram uma repercussão favorável, enquanto o temível Charles Blondel tinha um franco sucesso ao declarar, por ocasião da sua viagem de conferências em 1927, que Henri Bergson (1859-1941) era o verdadeiro descobridor do inconsciente

e Freud uma espécie de Balzac fracassado [haha!].”

A escola argentina nunca se limitaria a uma única doutrina. Acolheria todas com um espírito de ecletismo, inscrevendo-as quase sempre em um quadro social e político: marxista, socialista ou reformista. Ao longo dos anos e através de suas diversas filiações, ela conservaria o aspecto de uma grande família e saberia organizar suas rupturas sem criar clivagens irreversíveis entre os membros de suas múltiplas instituições.” “Tendo adquirido uma tradição clínica e uma verdadeira identidade freudiana, os argentinos formaram então, pela análise didática, seja em Buenos Aires, seja em seus próprios países, a maioria dos terapeutas dos países de língua espanhola que, por sua vez, se integrariam à IPA, constituindo grupos ou sociedades: Uruguai, Colômbia, Venezuela.” “Em 1977, a América Latina estava a ponto de tornar-se o continente freudiano mais poderoso do mundo, sob a égide da COPAL (futura FEPAL) e em ligação com os grupos brasileiros, capaz de rivalizar com a American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) e a Federação Européia de Psicanálise (FEP).” “As duas cisões se produziram no momento em que a Argentina saía de um regime militar clássico, fundado no populismo e herdado do velho caudilhismo, para um sistema de terror estatal. Ora, se o primeiro feria as liberdades políticas, não limitava a liberdade profissional e associativa, da qual dependia o funcionamento das instituições psicanalíticas. O segundo, ao contrário, visava erradicar todas as formas de liberdade individual e coletiva. Por conseguinte, poderia destruir a psicanálise, como fizera outrora o nazismo. § Em 1973, quando Perón voltou ao poder, nomeou Isabelita, sua nova esposa, para o posto de vice-presidente e fez de seu secretário José Lopez Rega o ministro dos assuntos sociais do país. Este apressou-se a criar a Tríplice A (Aliança Argentina Anticomunista), conhecida por seus esquadrões da morte, que serviram de força suplementar para o exército, em suas operações de controle da sociedade civil.Um ano depois, Perón morreu e Isabelita assumiu a sua sucessão, sendo substituída em março de 1976 pelo general Jorge Videla, que instaurou durante 9 anos um dos regimes mais sangrentos do continente latino-americano, com o do general Pinochet no Chile: 30 mil pessoas foram assassinadas e torturadas, sob o rótulo de desaparecidos.” “E foi em nome da defesa de um <ocidente cristão> e da segurança nacional que as forças armadas decidiram erradicar o freudismo e o marxismo, julgados responsáveis pela <degeneração> da humanidade. Ao contrário dos nazistas, não erigiram um instituto como o de Matthias Heinrich Göring e não aboliram a liberdade de associação. A perseguição foi silenciosa, anônima, penetrando no coração da subjetividade.” “Marxista e veterana das Brigadas Internacionais, Marie Langer encontrou-se, desde o seu exílio no México, na vanguarda dos combates, arrastando consigo todos os psicanalistas politizados do país. Foi nessa época que os argentinos, como outrora os judeus europeus, emigraram em grande número para os quatro cantos do mundo, a fim de formar novos grupos freudianos ou integrar-se aos que já existiam na Suécia, na Austrália, na Espanha, nos Estados Unidos, na França.” “Durante todo o período de terror estatal (1976-1985), o interesse pelo pensamento de Lacan progrediu na Argentina de maneira curiosa. Recebido como uma contracultura subversiva e de aspecto esotérico, a doutrina do mestre permitia aos que a faziam frutificar mergulhar em debates sofisticados sobre o passe, o matema e a lógica, e esquecer, ou mesmo ignorar, a sangrenta ditadura instaurada pelo regime. Como seus colegas politizados da IPA, os lacanianos marxistas e militantes se exilaram ou resistiram ao terror.” “Em 1991, Horacio Etchegoyen foi eleito presidente. Técnico do tratamento de tendência kleiniana, analisado por Heinrich Racker e membro da ABdeBA, foi o primeiro presidente de língua espanhola do movimento freudiano.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Jacques Derrida, Geopsychanalyse and the rest of the world, 1981.

associação verbal, teste de

Técnica experimental usada por Carl Gustav Jung, a partir de 1906, para detectar os complexos e isolar as síndromes específicas de cada doença mental. Consiste em pronunciar diante do sujeito uma série de palavras, cuidadosamente escolhidas, pedindo-lhe que responda com a primeira palavra que lhe vier à cabeça e medindo seu tempo de reação.”

Historicamente, essa técnica está ligada à noção de associação de idéias, já utilizada por Aristóteles, que definira seus 3 grandes princípios: a contigüidade, a semelhança e o contraste. No século XIX, a psicologia introspectiva e a filosofia empirista conferiram-lhe tamanha importância que o associacionismo transformou-se numa verdadeira doutrina, na qual se inspirariam todas as correntes da psicologia e, em especial, Freud”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Freud/Jung: correspondência completa (Paris, 1975).

atenção (uniformemente) flutuante

É o “espelho” da associação livre: faz parte do método de conduta do analista frente ao paciente (busca de neutralidade).

Tal como o paciente deve contar tudo o que lhe passa pelo espírito, eliminando todas as objeções lógicas e afetivas que pudessem levá-lo a fazer uma escolha, assim o médico deve estar apto a interpretar tudo o que ouve a fim de que possa descobrir aí tudo o que o insconsciente dissimula”F., 1912

Graças a ela, o analista pode conservar na memória uma multidão de elementos aparentemente insignificantes cujas correlações só aparecerão posteriormente.”

ouvir com o terceiro ouvido”Reik

empatia infraverbal”

Se o isso são imagens, como escutá-las? Porque mesmo que emitissem sons, o isso também não tem ouvidos, ainda que tivesse bocas

ato falho

Os editores da Standard Edition observam que para designá-lo foi preciso criar em inglês um termo, parapraxis. Em francês, o tradutor de Psicopatologia da vida cotidiana utilizou a expressão acte manqué, que adquiriu fôro de cidadania, mas parece que na prática psicanalítica corrente na França ela designa principalmente uma parte do campo coberto pelo termo Fehlleistung, quer dizer, as falhas da ação stricto sensu [enquanto que, para Freud, o ato falho pode ser compreendido como um ato bem-sucedido do inconsciente, vd. verbete do livro citado].”

auto-análise

Doctor Dream

mantenho a opinião de que esta espécie de análise [dos sonhos] pode ser suficiente para quem é um bom sonhador e não muito anormal.”O inconveniente é que esse tipo de pessoa teria de ser avisado disso (2ª característica)!

Num instante 2, em carta: “Uma verdadeira auto-análise é impossível; se não fosse isso não haveria doença.”

LOOK WHO SAYS… “Considera-se geralmente a auto-análise uma forma particular de resistência à psicanálise que embala o narcisismo e elimina a mola mestra do tratamento, que é a transferência.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Anzieu, Freud’s Self-Analysis (1986) (filho da paciente Marguerite Anzieu de Lacan!)

deb(u)t of the doubt

Nada mais risível e não-enriquecedor do que testemunhar os mútuos ataques dos psicanalistas entre si.

autismo

A PSICANÁLISE CLÁSSICA PRECISA SER SUPEREGOTIZADA APÓS SEU PAPAI: “Termo criado em 1907 por Eugen Bleuler e derivado do grego autos (o si mesmo), para designar o ensimesmamento psicótico do sujeito em seu mundo interno e a ausência de qualquer contato com o exterior, que pode chegar inclusive ao mutismo.” “É numa carta de Carl Gustav Jung a Sigmund Freud, datada de 13 de maio de 1907, que descobrimos como Bleuler cunhou o termo autismo. Ele se recusava a empregar a palavra auto-erotismo, introduzida por Havelock Ellis e retomada por Freud, por considerar seu conteúdo por demais sexual. Por isso, fazendo uma contração de auto com erotismo, adotou a palavra autismo, depois de ter pensado em ipsismo, derivada do latim. Posteriormente, Freud conservou o termo auto-erotismo para designar esse mesmo fenômeno, enquanto Jung adotou o termo introversão.” “Em 1911, em seu principal livro, Dementia praecox ou grupo das esquizofrenias, Bleuler designou por esse termo um distúrbio típico da esquizofrenia e característico dos adultos.”

Cinco grandes sinais clínicos permitiriam, segundo Kanner, reconhecer a psicose autística: o surgimento precoce dos distúrbios (logo nos dois primeiros anos de vida), o extremo isolamento, a necessidade de imobilidade, as estereotipias gestuais e, por fim, os distúrbios da linguagem (ou a criança não fala nunca, ou emite um jargão desprovido de significação, incapaz de distinguir qualquer alteridade).”

Além de Bettelheim, foram a corrente annafreudiana, por um lado, com os trabalhos de Margaret Mahler sobre a psicose simbiótica, e a corrente kleiniana, por outro, que melhor estudaram e trataram o autismo, amiúde com sucesso, com a ajuda dos instrumentos fornecidos pela psicanálise. Nesse contexto, Frances Tustin trouxe uma nova visão sobre essa questão na década de 1970, ao propor uma classificação do autismo em três grupos: o autismo primário anormal, resultante de uma carência afetiva primordial e caracterizado por uma indiferenciação entre o corpo da criança e o da mãe; o autismo secundário, de carapaça, que corresponde em linhas gerais à definição de Kanner; e o autismo secundário regressivo, que seria uma forma de esquizofrenia sustentada por uma identificação projetiva.”

apesar da evolução da psiquiatria genética, nenhum trabalho de pesquisa conseguiu comprovar (como de resto não o fez em relação à esquizofrenia e à psicose maníaco-depressiva) que o autismo verdadeiro (quando não existe nenhuma lesão neurológica anterior) seja de origem puramente orgânica.”

Balint, Michael

Como muitos judeus húngaros cujos antepassados adotaram nomes alemães, decidiu, no fim da guerra, <magiarizar-se> para afirmar assim que pertencia à nação húngara. Tomou então o sobrenome de Balint. Na universidade, ficou conhecendo Alice Szekely-Kovacs, estudante de etnologia, que despertou seu interesse pela psicanálise.”

Foi obrigado, como todos os imigrantes, a refazer os estudos de medicina e teve que enfrentar, além do exílio, a dor de perder de uma só vez quase todos os membros da família. Alice Balint (1898-1939) (a Kovacs acima), sua mulher, e Wilma Kovacs [psicanalista e outrora paciente tratada por Groddeck!], sua sogra, a quem era muito apegado, morreram com um ano de intervalo. Depois da guerra, ficou sabendo que seus pais tinham se suicidado para escapar à deportação.”

A LINHA TÊNUE ENTRE SER WORKHALOIC E “PSICAEROTÔMANO”: “Foi lá também que ficou conhecendo Enid Albu-Eichholtz, sua terceira mulher. Analisada por Donald Woods Winnicott, Enid Balint (1904-1994) iniciou Michael em uma nova técnica, o case work. Tratava-se de comentar e trocar relatos de casos no interior de grupos compostos de médicos e de psicanalistas. Essa experiência deu origem ao que se chama de grupos Balint. Apesar de sua separação em 1953, Michael e Enid continuaram a trabalhar juntos.”

A sobrinha da falecida primeira mulher de Balint se tornou sua tradutora ao Francês!

Grande técnico do tratamento, Balint soube aliar o espírito inovador de seu mestre Ferenczi à tradição clínica da escola inglesa. Nesse aspecto, foi realmente o <húngaro selvagem> da British Psychoanalytical Society (BPS), cujos rituais e cuja esclerose ele criticou com muito humor, prestando homenagem, na primeira ocasião, aos costumes mais liberais da antiga sociedade de Budapeste”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Balint, A falha básica (Londres, 1968), P. Alegre, Artes Médicas, 1993.

Bateson, Gregory (1904-1980)

Marido de Margaret Mead.

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

B. (ed.), Perceval le fou. Autobiographie d’un schizophrène (Londres, 1962), Paris, Payot, 1975.

Bauer, Ida, sobrenome de casada Adler (1882-1945), caso Dora

Primeiro grande tratamento psicanalítico realizado por Freud, anterior aos do Homem dos Ratos (Ernst Lanzer)e do Homem dos Lobos (Serguei Constantinovitch Pankejeff), a história de Dora, redigida em dezembro de 1900 e janeiro de 1901 e publicada quatro anos depois, desenrolou-se entre a redação de A interpretação dos sonhos e a dos Três ensaios sobre a teoria da sexualidade.

GUINESS: “trata-se do documento clínico que mais se comentou, desde sua publicação. (…) o caso dessa jovem tornou-se o objeto privilegiado dos estudos feministas.”

Para a publicação desse 1o tratamento exclusivamente psicanalítico, conduzido com uma mocinha virgem de 18 anos de idade, Freud tomou precauções inauditas. Na época, de fato, a cruzada que se travava contra o freudismo consistia em fazer com que a psicanálise passasse por uma doutrina pansexualista, que tinha por objetivo fazer os pacientes (sobretudo as mulheres) confessarem, por meio da sugestão, <sujeiras> sexuais inventadas pelos próprios psicanalistas. Na Grã-Bretanha e no Canadá, por exemplo, Ernest Jones suportaria o peso de acusações dessa ordem. [Veja em ESCANDINÁVIA que E.J. não era nenhum ‘santinho’.]”

A melhor maneira de falar dessas coisas é sendo seco e direto; e ela é, ao mesmo tempo, a que mais se afasta da lascívia com que esses assuntos são tratados na ‘sociedade’, lascívia esta com que as moças e mulheres estão plenamente habituadas.”

um marido fraco e hipócrita engana sua mulher, uma dona de casa ignorante, com a esposa de um de seus amigos, conhecida numa temporada de férias em Merano. A princípio enciumado, depois indiferente, o marido enganado tenta, de início, seduzir a governanta de seus filhos. Depois, apaixona-se pela filha de seu rival e a corteja durante uma temporada em sua casa de campo, situada às margens do lago de Garda. Horrorizada, esta o rejeita, pespega-lhe uma bofetada e conta a cena a sua mãe, para que ela fale do assunto com seu pai. Este interroga o marido da amante, que nega categoricamente os fatos pelos quais é recriminado. Preocupado em proteger seu romance extraconjugal, o pai culpado faz com que a filha passe por mentirosa e a encaminha para tratamento com um médico que, alguns anos antes, prescrevera-lhe um excelente tratamento contra a sífilis.

A entrada de Freud em cena transforma essa história de família numa verdadeira tragédia do sexo, do amor e da doença. Sob esse aspecto, sua narrativa do caso Dora assemelha-se a um romance moderno: hesitamos entre Arthur Schnitzler, Marcel Proust (1871-1922) e Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906).” “Grande industrial, ele desfrutava de uma bela situação financeira e era admirado pela filha [Dora]. Em 1888, contraiu tuberculose, o que o obrigou a se instalar com toda a família longe da cidade. Assim, optou por residir em Merano, no Tirol, onde travou conhecimento com Hans Zellenka (Sr. K.), um negociante menos abastado que ele, casado com uma bela italiana, Giuseppina ou Peppina (Sra. K.), que sofria de distúrbios histéricos e era uma assídua freqüentadora de sanatórios. Peppina tornou-se amante de Phillip [Bauer] e cuidou dele em 1892, quando ele sofreu um descolamento da retina.”

Katharina, a mãe de Ida, provinha, como o marido, de uma família judia originária da Boêmia. Pouco instruída e bastante simplória, sofria de dores abdominais permanentes, que seriam herdadas pela filha. Nunca se interessara pelos filhos e, desde a doença do marido e da desunião que se seguira a ela, exibia todos os sinais de uma <psicose doméstica>: <Sem mostrar nenhuma compreensão pelas aspirações dos filhos, ela se ocupava o dia inteiro, escreveu F., em limpar e arrumar a casa, os móveis e os utensílios domésticos, a tal ponto que usá-los e usufruir deles tinha-se tornado quase impossível […]. Fazia anos que as relações entre mãe e filha eram pouco afetuosas. A filha não dava a menor atenção à mãe, fazia-lhe duras críticas e escapara por completo de sua influência.> E era uma governanta quem cuidava de Ida. Mulher moderna e <liberada>, esta lia livros sobre a vida sexual e dava informações sobre eles à sua aluna, em segredo. Abriu-lhe os olhos para o romance do pai com Peppina. Entretanto, depois de tê-la amado e de lhe ter dado ouvidos, Dora se desentendera com ela.”

Aos 9 anos de idade [o irmão mais velho de Dora, Otto] se tornara um menino prodígio, a ponto de escrever um drama em cinco atos sobre o fim de Napoleão. Depois, rebelara-se contra as opiniões políticas do pai, cujo adultério aprovava, por outro lado. (…) Secretário do Partido Social-Democrata de 1907 a 1914 e, depois, assessor de Viktor Adler no ministério de Assuntos Exteriores em 1918, viria a ser uma das grandes figuras da intelectualidade austríaca no entre-guerras. No entanto, apesar de seu talento excepcional, nunca se refez do desmoronamento do Império Austro-Húngaro e despendeu mais energia atacando Lenin do que combatendo Hitler (…) Bauer insistiu, até 1934, em fazer cruzadas típicas do pré-guerra contra a Igreja e a aristocracia, num momento em que, justamente, deveria ter-se associado a seus inimigos de outrora para repelir o fascismo. Poucas cegueiras tiveram conseqüências tão pesadas.”

foi em outubro de 1901 que Ida Bauer visitou Freud para dar início a esse tratamento, que duraria exatamente 11 semanas.”

Minha Ida já está garantida.

Dora fôra acusada por Hans[o amigo tarado do pai, quem curiosamente lhe havia metido chifres, i.e., furado seu olho; aqui cabe a citação da coincidência: o pai de Dora era cego de um olho] e por seu pai de ter inventado a cena de sedução. Pior ainda, fôra reprovada por Peppina Zellenka (Sra. K. [a chifradora – e quase chifruda]), que suspeitava que ela lesse livros pornográficos, em particular A fisiologia do amor, de Paolo Mantegazza (1831-1901), publicado em 1872 e traduzido para o alemão 5 anos depois. O autor era um sexólogo darwinista [?], profusamente citado por Richard von Krafft-Ebing e especializado na descrição <etnológica> das grandes práticas sexuais humanas: lesbianismo, onanismo, masturbação, inversão, felação, etc. Ao encaminhar sua filha a Freud, Philipp Bauer esperava que este lhe desse razão e que tratasse de pôr fim às fantasias sexuais da filha.” “O primeiro sonho revelou que Dora era dada à masturbação e que, na realidade, estava enamorada de Hans Zellenka.” “Dora não encontrara em Freud a sedução que esperava dele: ele não fôra compassivo e não soubera empregar com ela uma relação transferencial positiva. Nessa época, com efeito, ele ainda não sabia manejar a transferência na análise.”

fôra a própria Sra. K. que fizera a moça ler o livro proibido, para depois acusá-la. E fôra também ela quem lhe havia falado de coisas sexuais.” Que beleza…

Esse tema da homossexualidade inerente à histeria feminina seria longamente comentado por Jacques Lacan em 1951, enquanto outros autores fariam questão de demonstrar ora que Freud nada entendia de sexualidade feminina,¹ ora que Dora era inanalisável.”

¹ A única coisa certa nesse imbróglio todo!

Ida Bauer nunca se curou de seu horror aos homens.Mas seus sintomas se aplacaram. Após sua curta análise, ela pôde vingar-se da humilhação sofrida, fazendo a Sra. K. confessar o romance com seu pai e levando o Sr. K. a confessar a cena do lago.” “Em 1903, casou-se com Ernst Adler [Adler é o quê afinal, uma espécie de ‘Silva’?], um compositor que trabalhava na fábrica de seu pai.” “Em 1923, sujeita a novos distúrbios — vertigens, zumbidos no ouvido, insônia, enxaquecas —, por acaso chamou à sua cabeceira Felix Deutsch. Contou-lhe toda a sua história, falou do egoísmo dos homens, de suas frustrações e de sua frigidez. Ouvindo suas queixas, Deutsch reconheceu o famoso caso Dora: <Desse momento em diante, ela esqueceu a doença e manifestou um imenso orgulho por ter sido objeto de um texto tão célebre na literatura psiquiátrica.> Então, discutiu as interpretações de seus dois sonhos feitas por Freud. Quando Deutsch tornou a vê-la, os ataques tinham passado.”

Dora tinha voltado contra o próprio corpo a obsessão de sua mãe: <Sua constipação, vivida como uma impossibilidade de ‘limpar os intestinos’, causou-lhe problemas até o fim da vida.>

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Freud, Fragmento da análise de um caso de histeria (1905);

Felix Deutsch, Apostille au “Fragment d’une analyse d’hystérie (Dora)” (1957), Revue Française de Psychanalyse, n. 37, janeiro-abril de 1973, 407-14;

Lacan. O Seminário, livro 17, O avesso da psicanálise (1969-1970) (Paris, 1991), Rio de Janeiro, Jorge Zahar, 1992.

benefício primário e secundário da doença

Defesa secundária e benefício secundário surgem como duas modalidades de resposta do ego a esse <corpo estranho> que o sintoma antes de mais nada é”

O que R***** e Maria D’Stress nunca entenderão: os benefícios de ser sedentário são muito maiores que os de ser um “saudável”!

Bernays, Anna, née Freud (1859-1955), irmã de Sigmund Freud

Em suas lembranças, manifestou o mesmo ciúme que seu irmão sentira em relação a ela, quando era criança. Contou até que pontoAmalia Freudprivilegiava o filho mais velho: ele tinha direito a um quarto só para ele, enquanto as irmãs se apertavam no resto do apartamento. Quando Amalia quis dar aulas de piano a Anna Freud (futura Bernays), Sigmund se opôs e ameaçou deixar a casa. Quando ela tinha 16 anos, ele a impediu de ler as obras de Honoré de Balzac e deAlexandre Dumas (1802-1870). Essa atitude tirânica estava ligada ao fato de que Freud fora muito ciumento de seu irmão Julius Freud, nascido depois dele, e posteriormente se sentira culpado de sua morte.” E o kiko?

Em outubro de 1883, Anna Freud casou-se comEli Bernays, irmão deMartha Bernays, futura mulher de Freud, com o qual este não tardou a se indispor por causa de uma banal história de dinheiro.Novamente manifestou seu ciúme querendo que Martha, sua noiva, tomasse partido por ele, o que ela não fez. Por isso, não assistiu ao casamento da irmã. Tempos depois, deu fim à briga e ajudou os Bernays a emigrar para os Estados Unidos, onde Eli se tornou um homem de negócios muito rico.”

Bettelheim, Bruno (1903-1990)

Não se pode evocar a vida e a obra de Bruno Bettelheim sem levar em conta o escândalo que estourou nos Estados Unidos algumas semanas depois de sua morte. Em conseqüência da publicação, em alguns grandes jornais, de cartas de ex-alunos da Escola Ortogênica de Chicago, que ele dirigira durante cerca de 30 anos e que acolhia crianças classificadas como autistas, a imagem do bom <Dr. B.>, como era chamado, se apagava por trás da figura de um tirano brutal, que fazia reinar o terror em sua escola.”

Os termos de impostor, de falsificador e de plagiário se somaram ao de charlatão. Esse tumulto teve pouca repercussão na França, onde ele gozara, em razão do sucesso de seu livro A fortaleza vaziae do programa dedicado à Escola Ortogênica, realizado por Daniel Karline Tony Lainépara a televisão francesa e difundido em outubro de 1974, de um imenso prestígio que só foi prejudicado pelo declínio geral das idéias filosóficas e psicanalíticas dos anos 1970.”

Nascido em Viena a 28 de agosto de 1903, em uma família da pequena burguesia judaica assimilada, de uma feiúra constatada sem delicadeza pela mãe, que nunca lhe dedicou grande afeição, Bruno Bettelheim manifestou cedo suas tendências à depressão.”

Preso pela Gestapo, chegou a Dachau a 3 de junho de 1938, depois de ter sido violentamente espancado. Transferido depois para o campo de concentração de Buchenwald a 23 de setembro de 1938, encontrou ali Ernst Federn, filho de Paul Federn, companheiro de Freud. Naquele universo de medo, angústia e humilhação permanentes, começou a fazer um trabalho consigo mesmo, para resistir à ação mortífera dos SS. Foi a experiência desses campos a origem do conceito de <situação extrema>, pelo qual ele designava as condições de vida diante das quais o homem pode seja abdicar, identificando-se com a força destruidora, constituída tanto pelo carrasco ou pelo ambiente quanto pela conjuntura, seja resistir, praticando a estratégia da sobrevivência — Sobreviver seria o título de um de seus livros — que consiste em construir para si, a exemplo do que Bettelheim supunha ser a origem do autismo, um mundo interior cujas fortificações o protegeriam das agressões externas. Libertado a 14 de abril de 1939, graças a intervenções que seriam para ele uma nova ocasião de fabular, emigrou para os Estados Unidos, despojado de todos os seus bens.”

Assim, Bruno Bettelheim tornou-se especialista em campos de concentração, qualidade que se revelaria sobrecarregada de muitos mal-entendidos, desta vez com o conjunto da comunidade judaica. Com efeito, os testemunhos dos raros sobreviventes dos campos de morte fariam aparecer a insondável distância que separava o universo concentracionário da empreitada de extermínio sistemático, cujo símbolo será, para sempre, Auschwitz. Bruno Bettelheim levaria anos para admitir essa diferença, recusando-se a ver nela o limite trágico de sua virulenta crítica daquilo que ele apresentava como a passividade dos judeus diante de seus torturadores.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

B., Psychanalyse des contes de fées;

Nina Sutton, Bruno Bettelheim, une vie, Paris, Stock, 1995.

Biblioteca do Congresso (Washington), a tragédia “alexandrina” (para não dizer que tudo se resume a Édipo) da família Freud!

Foi ali, no departamento de manuscritos, que foram depositados os arquivos de Freud (cartas, manuscritos, etc.) e os de inúmeros outros psicanalistas de diferentes países. Essa iniciativa foi tomada por Siegfried Bernfeld. Depois dele, Kurt Eissler, psicanalista também de origem vienense e autor de vários livros sobre Freud, foi, depois da II Guerra Mundial, o principal responsável por esse grande depósito de saber e memória, que assumiu o nome de Sigmund Freud Archives (SFA) ou Arquivos Freud. Ele colecionou documentos apaixonantes, tanto interrogando todos os sobreviventes da saga freudiana quanto preservando a gravação de suas entrevistas em fitas magnéticas. De comum acordo com Anna Freud, Eissler editou normas de conservação draconianas, as quais, respeitando a vontade dos doadores, proibiram à maioria dos pesquisadores externos à IPA o acesso a esse reservatório. Foi sob a direção dele, sumamente ortodoxa, que, a partir de 1979, numa reação ao espírito de censura, produziu-se uma virada revisionista na historiografia freudiana, em especial a propósito da edição das cartas de Freud a Wilhelm Fliess, confiada pelo próprio Eissler a um pesquisador pouco escrupuloso: Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. A censura e a desconfiança, assim, levaram ao favorecimento de uma iniciativa historiográfica violentamente antifreudiana.” O que eu chamo de ENANTIODROMIA.

A coleção Sigmund Freud, dividida em séries (A, B, E, F e Z), e cujos direitos de publicação dependem da Sigmund Freud Copyrights (que representa os interesses financeiros das pessoas legalmente habilitadas), está agora acessível a todos os pesquisadores. Seu regulamento prevê algumas restrições, ora justificadas e conformes às leis em vigor, ora contestáveis. Quanto à série Z, sujeita a uma suspensão progressiva da imposição de sigilo que se estende até 2100, ela encerra, supostamente, documentos concernentes à vida privada de pessoas (pacientes, psicanalistas, etc.), as quais é preciso proteger.

Na realidade, essa série Z contém alguns textos que nada têm de confidencial, outros que não comportam nenhuma revelação bombástica, ainda que digam respeito a segredos de família ou do divã, e outros, por fim, cuja presença nessa classe nada tem de evidente: p.ex., contratos de Freud com seus editores, cartas trocadas com uma organização esportiva judaica, ou documentos sobre Josef Freud que já são conhecidos dos historiadores. Patrick Mahony e o historiador Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi denunciaram o regulamento que rege a organização dessa série numa conferência notável, realizada em 1994. Este último sublinhou que esconder segredos de polichinelo conduz, antes, a alimentar boatos inúteis, e que a única maneira de evitá-los seria abrir os chamados arquivos secretos.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, “Série Z” (1994), “Une fantaisie archiviste”, Le Débat, 92, novembro-dezembro de 1996, 141-52(artigo);

Jacques Derrida, Mal d’archive, Paris, Galilée, 1995.

Binswanger, Ludwig (1881-1966)

O tio de Ludwig Binswanger, Otto Binswanger (1852-1929), que tratou de Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) e conheceu Freud em 1894, por ocasião de um congresso em Viena, publicou trabalhos sobre a histeria e a paralisia geral. Nomeado professor em Iena, acolheu o sobrinho entre 1907 e 1908 no seu serviço da clínica psiquiátrica desta cidade, onde o jovem Ludwig ficaria conhecendo sua futura mulher, Hertha Buchenberger.”

Sua atração crescente pela filosofia, sua curiosidade e o contato assíduo com intelectuais e artistas de seu tempo, entre os quais Martin Buber (1878-1965), Ernst Cassirer (1874-1945), Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), Edmund Husserl (1859-1938), Karl Jaspers (1883-1969), Edwin Fischer, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Kurt Goldstein (1878-1965), Eugène Minkowski, o levaram a desenvolver uma concepção diferente da via freudiana. Mas esse afastamento não o faria renunciar à teoria. Seu respeito, sua admiração e amizade por Freud ficariam intactos ao longo dos anos, como mostram a sua intervenção do dia 7 de maio de 1936, por ocasião do octogésimo aniversário de Freud, e também o seu texto de 1956, destinado à comemoração do centenário de nascimento do inventor da psicanálise, intitulado Meu caminho para Freud.”

publicou em 1930 Sonho e existência, em que misturava a concepção freudiana da existência humana com as de Husserl e de Heidegger. Foucault redigiria para essa obra, que ele traduziria com Jacqueline Verdeaux, um longo prefácio. Em 1983, na versão inglesa (inédita em francês) da apresentação do seu livro O uso dos prazeres, Foucault evocaria a sua dívida em relação a Binswanger e as razões pelas quais se afastou dele.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Joseph Roth, La Marche de Radetzky (1932), Paris, Seuil, 1982.

Bion, Wilfred Ruprecht

Bion foi o aluno mais turbulento de Melanie Klein, cujo dogmatismo rejeitou para construir uma teoria sofisticada do self e da personalidade, fundada em um modelo matemático e repleta de noções originais — pequenos grupos, função alfa, continente/conteúdo, objetos bizarros, pressupostos de base, grade, etc. — que, em certos aspectos, se assemelhavam às de Jacques Lacan, seu contemporâneo. Como este, tentou dar um conteúdo formal à transmissão do saber psicanalítico, apoiando-se em fórmulas e na álgebra, e, também como ele, apaixonou-se pela linguagem, pela filosofia e pela lógica, mas com uma perspectiva nitidamente cognitivista.”

Nascido em Muttra, no Pendjab, de mãe indiana e pai inglês, engenheiro especialista em irrigação, foi educado por uma ama-de-leite e passou a infância na Índia, no fim da era vitoriana e no apogeu do período colonial. Não sem humor, diria que todos os membros de sua família eram <completamente malucos>. Em sua autobiografia, apresentou sua mãe como uma mulher fria e aterrorizante, que lhe lembrava as correntes de ar geladas das capelas inglesas.”

Só gostava das atividades esportivas e permaneceu virgem até seu casamento, aos 40 anos. Em janeiro de 1916, foi incorporado a um batalhão de blindados e logo estava no campo de batalha de Cambrai, no meio dos obuses e do fogo da guerra. Saiu em 1918 com a patente de capitão, uma sólida experiência da fraternidade humana e dos artifícios da hierarquia militar, de que se serviria anos depois.”

Em 1932, contratado como médico assistente na Tavistock Clinic de Londres, dirigiu tratamentos de adolescentes delinqüentes ou atingidos por distúrbios da personalidade, e ocupou-se durante cerca de dois anos do tratamento de Samuel Beckett.”

Amigo e admirador de James Joyce (1882-1941) desde 1928, Beckett se indispusera com ele dois anos depois, após ter repelido as pretensões amorosas de sua filha, Lucia Joyce, doente de esquizofrenia e tratada por Jung. Atormentado por uma mãe conformista e abusiva, que desconhecia seu talento e desaprovava sua conduta, sofria em 1932 de graves distúrbios respiratórios, de dores de cabeça e de diversos problemas crônicos ligados ao alcoolismo e a uma tendência para a vadiagem. Assim, decidira fazer uma psicoterapia, a conselho de seu amigo, o doutor Geoffrey Thomson. O tratamento com Bion foi conflituoso e difícil. A cada vez que Beckett voltava para a casa de sua mãe em Dublin, sofria de terrors noturnos, torpor e furúnculos no pescoço e no ânus. Por isso, Bion acabou recomendando-lhe que se afastasse dela. Beckett não conseguiu e interrompeu a análise, depois de ter assistido, a conselho de Bion, a uma conferência de Jung na Tavistock Clinic, na qual este afirmava que os personagens de uma ficção são sempre a imagem mental do escritor que os criou.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Didier Anzieu, “Beckett et Bion”, Revue Française de Psychanalyse, Paris, Mentha, 1992. (artigo)

bissexualidade

Assim como todos os trabalhos modernos sobre o transexualismo tomaram por mitos fundadores a lenda de Hermafroditos e os amores da deusa Cibele, as reflexões sobre a bissexualidade sempre tiveram por origem o célebre relato dos infortúnios de Andrógino, feito por Aristófanes no Banquete de Platão”

Foi com a publicação, em 1871, de A descendência do homem, de Charles Darwin (1809-1882), que começou a se efetuar a passagem do mito platônico da androginia para a nova definição da bissexualidade, segundo as perspectivas da ciência biológica. Tratava-se, na época, de dotar o estudo da sexualidade humana de uma terminologia adequada em matéria de <raça>, constituição, espécie, organicidade, etc. A contribuição da embriologia foi decisiva, na medida em que ela pôde mostrar, graças à utilização do microscópio, que o embrião humano era dotado de duas potencialidades, uma masculina e outra feminina. Daí a idéia de que a bissexualidade já não era apenas um mito, porém uma realidade da natureza. Através dos ensinamentos de Carl Claus e, mais tarde, em contato com seu amigo Wilhelm Fliess, Freud adotou, por volta de 1890, a tese da bissexualidade.”

Em seu livro de 1896 sobre as relações entre o nariz e os órgãos genitais, Fliess expôs sua concepção dupla da bissexualidade e da periodicidade, estabelecendo um vínculo entre as dores da menstruação e as do parto, todas remetidas a <localizações genitais> situadas no nariz. Daí decorria a tese da periodicidade, segundo a qual as neuroses nasais, os acessos de enxaqueca e outros sintomas do ciclo feminino obedeciam a um ritmo de 28 dias, como a menstruação.”

Em seguida, após seu rompimento com Fliess, Freud apagaria os vestígios desse empréstimo [teoria da bissexualidade psíquica], sobretudo por causa da delirante história de plágio em que seria implicado por intermédio de Hermann Swoboda.”Pense 2x: com Freud nada é delirante!

Weininger assimilava o judeu à mulher, sublinhando, além disso, que esta era pior do que aquele, uma vez que o judeu, como encarnação de uma dialética negativa, podia ter acesso à emancipação. Assim, a noção de bissexualidade serviu para reinstaurar sob nova forma os velhos preconceitos da época clássica.”

Depois de fazer da bissexualidade o núcleo central de sua doutrina da homossexualidade e da sexualidade feminina, Freud considerou que essa noção era de completa obscuridade, na medida em que não podia articular-se com a de pulsão. Em 1937, porém, deu meia-volta e, em Análise terminável e interminável, mencionou o nome de Fliess e voltou à idéia de 1919 de que ambos os sexos recalcavam o que dizia respeito ao sexo oposto: a inveja do pênis, na mulher, e, no homem, a revolta contra sua própria feminilidade e sua homossexualidade latente: Já mencionei em outros textos que, na época, esse ponto de vista foi-me exposto por Wilhelm Fliess, que se inclinava a ver na oposição entre os sexos a verdadeira causa e o motivo originário do recalque. Só faço reiterar minha discordância de outrora ao me recusar a sexualizar o recalque dessa maneira, e portanto, a lhe dar um fundamento biológico, e não apenas psicológico.

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Freud, Bate-se numa criança (1919);

Wilhelm Fliess, Les Relations entre le nez et les organes génitaux féminins présentés selon leurs significations biologiques (Viena, 1897), Paris, Seuil, 1977;

Otto Weininger, Sexe et caractère (Viena, 1903), Lausanne, L’Âge d’Homme, 1975;

Jacques Le Rider, Le Cas Otto Weininger. Racines de l’antiféminisme et de l’antisémitisme, Paris, PUF, 1982.

Bleuler, Eugen (1857-1939)

Inventor dos termos esquizofrenia e autismo, diretor, depois de August Forel, da prestigiosa clínica do Hospital do Burghölzli, por onde passaram todos os pioneiros do freudismo, Eugen Bleuler foi o grande pioneiro da nova psiquiatria do século XX e um reformador do tratamento da loucura comparável ao que tinha sido, um século antes, Philippe Pinel (1745-1825).”“fundou uma verdadeira escola de pensamento, o bleulerismo, que marcou o conjunto do saber psiquiátrico até aproximadamente 1970, data a partir da qual generalizou-se em todos os países do mundo um novo organicismo, nascido da farmacologia.”

Descendentes diretos de uma certa tradição francesa, de Charcot, por um lado, e por outro de Hippolyte Bernheim, os principais especialistas em doenças mentais e nervosas procuravam elaborar uma nova clínica da loucura, fundada não na abstração classificadora, mas na escuta do paciente: queriam ouvir o sofrimento dos doentes, decifrar sua linguagem, compreender a significação de seu delírio e instaurar com eles uma relação dinâmica e transferencial.” “do mesmo modo que Freud transformara a histeria em um paradigma moderno da doença nervosa, Bleuler inventava a esquizofrenia para fazer dela o modelo estrutural da loucura no

século XX.” “Através desse deslocamento, Bleuler renovava o gesto do alienismo do Século das Luzes, segundo o qual a loucura era curável, pois todo indivíduo insano conservava em si umresto de razão, acessível por um tratamento apropriado: o tratamento moral. Ora, no fim do século XIX, as diversas teorias da hereditariedade-degenerescência tinham abolido essa idéia de curabilidade, em proveito de um constitucionalismo da doença mental, tendo como corolário o confinamento perpétuo.”

Se Bleuler queria adaptar a psicanálise ao asilo, Freud sonhava conquistar, desde Viena, via Zurique, a terra prometida da psiquiatria de língua alemã que, nessa época, dominava o mundo. E contava com a fidelidade de Jung, assistente de Bleuler no Burghölzli, para ajudá-lo nesse empreendimento. Contra Bleuler, ele conservou a noção de auto-erotismo e preferiu pensar o domínio da psicose em geral sob a categoria da paranóia, ao invés da esquizofrenia. Opôs assim o sistema de Kraepelin à inovação bleuleriana, mas tranformou-o de cima a baixo, a fim de estabelecer uma distinção estrutural entre neurose, psicose e perversão.

Quanto a Jung, separou-se primeiro de Bleuler, seu mestre em psiquiatria, e depois de Freud, que fizera dele o seu sucessor. Decidiu utilizar a expressão demência precoce, e não a de esquizofrenia, e inventou em 1910 a palavra introversão, que preferiu a autismo, para designar a retirada da libido para o mundo interior do sujeito.”

Depois de ser contestada pela antipsiquiatria, a clínica freudo-bleuleriana foi marginalizada, a partir de 1970, pela elaboração de um Manual diagnóstico e estatístico dos distúrbios mentais (DSM III, IV etc.), de inspiração comportamentalista e farmacológica.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Jean Garrabé, Histoire de la schizophrénie, Paris, Seghers, 1992.

Manfred Bleuler (filho deste Bleuler), La Pensée bleulérienne dans la psychiatrie suisse, Nervure, VIII, novembro de 1995, 23-4.

Bonaparte, Marie

Filha de Roland Bonaparte (1858-1924), neto de Lucien, irmão do imperador, Marie Bonaparte, nascida em Saint-Cloud, era portanto sobrinha-bisneta de Napoleão Bonaparte (1769-1821). Sua mãe morreu por ocasião de seu nascimento e a menina teve uma infância e uma adolescência trágicas. Educada pelo pai, que só se interessava por suas atividades de geógrafo e antropólogo, e por sua avó paterna, verdadeira tirana doméstica, ávida de sucesso e de notoriedade, Marie tinha tudo de uma personagem romanesca.

Seu casamento arranjado com o príncipe Jorge da Grécia (1869-1957), homossexual depravado, alcoólatra e conformista, fez dela uma alteza real coberta de honras e de celebridade, mas sempre obcecada pela procura de uma causa nobre e principalmente preocupada com sua frigidez. Quando encontrou Freud em Viena em 1925, a conselho de René Laforgue, estava à beira do suicídio e acabava de publicar, sob o pseudônimo de Narjani, um artigo no qual louvava o mérito de uma intervenção cirúrgica, em voga na época, que consistia em aproximar o clitóris da vagina, a fim de transferir o orgasmo clitoridiano para a zona vaginal. Acreditava assim que poderia curar sua frigidez e não hesitou em experimentar a operação em si própria, mas sem nunca obter o menor resultado.

Graças ao minucioso trabalho de Célia Bertin, única a ter acesso aos arquivos da família, conhecemos a vida dessa princesa, estimada por Freud, que reinou como soberana sobre a Sociedade Psicanalítica de Paris, da qual foi um dos 12 fundadores, ao lado de René Laforgue, Adrien Borel, Rudolph Loewenstein, Édouard Pichon, Raymond de Saussure, René Allendy, etc. Tradutora incansável da obra freudiana, organizadora do movimento francês, que financiou em parte com seu dinheiro, Marie Bonaparte consagrou a vida à psicanálise, com um entusiasmo e uma coragem invejáveis. Lutou em favor da análise leiga e, diante do nazismo, adotou uma atitude exemplar, negando-se a qualquer concessão. Pagou um resgate considerável para arrancar Freud das garras da Gestapo, salvou seus manuscritos e instalou-o em Londres com toda a família. Foi sua atividade eficaz a serviço da causa que lhe valeu ocupar um lugar central na França e tornar-se uma das personalidades mais respeitadas do movimento freudiano.

Depois da Segunda Guerra Mundial, tornou-se uma espécie de monstro sagrado, incapaz de perceber as ambições, os sonhos e os talentos das duas novas gerações francesas (a segunda e a terceira).

Durante a primeira cisão (1953) e às vésperas da segunda (1963), opôs-se fanaticamente a Jacques Lacan, a quem detestava e que a tratava de <cadáver de Ionesco>. Na verdade, ele lhe tirava o papel de chefe de escola, ao arrastar consigo a juventude psicanalítica francesa.

Apesar de sua extensão, a obra escrita de Marie Bonaparte é bastante medíocre,à exceção de alguns belos textos, entre os quais uma obra monumental sobre Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), ilustração dos princípios freudianos da psicobiografia, um artigo de 1927 sobre Marie-Félicité Lefebvre (um caso de loucura criminosa) e os seus famosos <cadernos>: os Cinco cadernos de uma menina, nos quais comentou sua análise e suas lembranças da infância, e os Cadernos negros, diário íntimo em que relatou todos os detalhes de sua vida e as confidências que Freud lhe fez sobre vários assuntos.

Ao contrário do tratamento dos outros discípulos, o da princesa foi interminável. Fez-se em alemão e em inglês, por etapas sucessivas, de 1925 a 1938: cinco a seis meses nos primeiros anos, um a dois meses nos anos seguintes. Desde o início, Marie recebeu uma forte interpretação. Depois de um sonho, em que ela se via em seu berço assistindo a cenas de coito, Freud afirmou peremptoriamente que ela não tinha apenas ouvido essas cenas, como a maioria das crianças que dormem no quarto dos pais, mas que ela as vira em pleno dia. Assustada e sempre preocupada em obter provas materiais, recusou essa afirmação e protestou que não tinha tido mãe. Freud manteve o que afirmara e lembrou a presença de sua ama. Finalmente, Marie decidiu interrogar o meio-irmão de seu pai, que tratava dos cavalos na casa em que passou a infância. Constrangido, o velho contou como tivera relações sexuais em pleno dia, diante do berço de Marie. Ela tinha pois visto cenas de coito, de felação e de cunilíngua.” Um bebê nem sabe separar as partes do corpo!

Durante a análise, ele evitou que ela tivesse uma relação incestuosa com o filho, e impôs certos limites às suas experiências cirúrgicas, sem conseguir, entretanto, impedi-la de passar ao ato. Deve-se dizer que a sua situação contratransferencial era difícil: ao longo de toda a duração dessa análise, Freud sofreu temíveis operações da mandíbula, a fim de combater a progressão do câncer. Como poderia ele, em tais condições, interpretar o gozo sentido por Marie ao manejar o bisturi?”

Deduziu uma psicologia da mulher da qual o inconsciente era esvaziado. Afastando-se simultaneamente da escola vienense e da escola inglesa, distinguiu três categorias de mulheres: as que reivindicam e procuram apropriar-se do pênis do homem; as que aceitam e se adaptam à realidade de suas funções biológicas ou de seu papel social; as que renunciam e se afastam da sexualidade.Essas teses não teriam eco na França, onde o debate sobre esse tema seria conduzido por Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) e depois pelos alunos de Lacan (François Perrier e Wladimir Granoff) e Françoise Dolto.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Celia Bertin, La Dernière Bonaparte, Paris, Perrin, 1982.

Borderline (caso-limite)

A noção do borderline faz parte do vocabulário clínico norte-americano e anglo-saxão próprio da corrente da Self-Psychology e, sob certos aspectos, do pós-kleinismo da década de 1960. Perpassa igualmente o neofreudismo e o culturalismo e acabou se integrando à terminologia psicanalítica francesa, sob o nome de états-limites (no plural).”

Otto Fenichel foi um dos primeiros, em 1945, a sublinhar a existência desse tipo de patologia: Existem personalidades neuróticas que, sem desenvolver uma psicose completa, possuem inclinações psicóticas, ou manifestam uma propensão a se servir de mecanismos esquizofrênicos em caso de frustração. Essa noção foi consideravelmente desenvolvida, mais tarde, nos trabalhos de Heinz Kohut e Otto Kernberg, que propôs o termo <organização fronteiriça> para demonstrar com clareza que o estado borderline era estável e duradouro.

Foi o psicanalista norte-americano Harold Searles, especialista em esquizofrenia, quem produziu, nesse mesmo período, os trabalhos mais pertinentes a respeito dessa questão, a partir de uma longa prática na Chesnut Lodge Clinic, uma das mecas do tratamento psicanalítico das psicoses, onde trabalhou Frieda Fromm-Reichmann depois de sua emigração da Alemanha. Marcado pelo ensino de Harry Stack Sullivan, Searles desarticulou a definição clássica da loucura à maneira dos artífices da antipsiquiatria, mostrando que, nos pacientes borderline, o eu funciona de maneira autística. Em seu célebre livro de 1965, O esforço de enlouquecer o outro, Searles criticou a ortodoxia, freudiana sublinhando como a prática ortodoxa da transferência pode desembocar numa estratégia de terror, que consiste em tornar o paciente dependente do analista. Contrastou com isso uma prática da análise inspirada no tratamento dos estados borderline e fundamentada na idéia de reconhecimento mútuo entre o terapeuta e o paciente.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Otto Kernberg, com Michael A. Selzer, Harold W. Koenisgsberg, Arthur C. Carr e Ann H. Appelbaum, La Thérapie psychodinamique des personnalitiés-limites (N. York, 1989), Paris, PUF, 1995.

Bowlby, John

A partir de 1948, dirigiu uma pesquisa sobre as crianças abandonadas ou privadas de lar, cujos resultados tiveram repercussão mundial sobre o tratamento psicanalítico do hospitalismo, da depressão anaclítica e das carências maternas, assim como sobre a prevenção das psicoses. Em 1950, tornou-se assessor da ONU, onde suas teses tiveram papel considerável na adoção de uma carta mundial dos direitos da infância. Um ano depois, publicou o seu relatório Maternal Care and Mental Health, no qual mostrou que a relação afetiva constante com a mãe é um dado fundamental para a saúde psíquica da criança. No fim da vida, sempre apaixonado por biologia e etologia, redigiu a biografia de Charles Darwin (1809-1882). Estudou minuciosamente a primeira infância do sábio, suas doenças psicossomáticas, suas dúvidas e depressões, pintando um vigoroso quadro da época vitoriana e das reações que a revolução darwiniana suscitou na Inglaterra.”

Brasil

Em 1890, o antigo Hospício Pedro II foi transformado em hospital de alienados, na mais pura tradição do gesto de Philippe Pinel (1745-1826). A força da nosologia francesa foi tal, durante cerca de uma década, que a expressão <estar Pinel> passou, na linguagem corrente, a significar <estar louco>.

Foi nesse terreno da primeira reforma asilar que Juliano Moreira, baiano e negro, introduziu a nosografia alemã. Amigo de Emil Kraepelin e excelente conhecedor da Europa, foi nomeado professor na Universidade da Bahia com a idade de 23 anos, e tomou em 1903 a direção do Hospital Nacional de Alienados do Rio de Janeiro. Nove anos depois, graças à sua ação, a psiquiatria se tornou uma especialidade autônoma no currículo dos estudos médicos. Fundador da psiquiatria brasileira moderna, Juliano Moreira foi também o primeiro no país a adotar e divulgar a doutrina freudiana.

a atração dos filhos de família pelas mulheres de cor provinha das relações íntimas da criança branca com a sua ama negra: uma sexualidade carnal e sensual.”

Assim como sob a monogamia surgia sempre a prática mal encoberta da poligamia, sob o monoteísmo perfilavam-se todas as variantes de um politeísmo selvagem. Assim, quando foi instaurado, por um homem negro, um saber psiquiátrico que visava arrancar a loucura das práticas mágicas, a clivagem se repetiu. A nova ordem não conseguiu pôr termo às antigas tradições terapêuticas do transe e das possessões (o candomblé).”

Reservada inicialmente, no período entre as duas guerras, à grande burguesia paulista e a médicos preocupados em seguir as regras ortodoxas da IPA, a psicanálise se tornou, na segunda metade do século, ao desenvolver-se no Rio e em outras cidades, a nova psicologia das classes médias brancas, formadas na universidade. Tomou o lugar da antiga sociologia comteana.”

Nessa época, a análise didática era obrigatória, e Marcondes, que não fizera análise, não podia formar alunos. Aliás, em 1931, teve que enfrentar um charlatão chamado Maximilien Langsner, que obteve grande sucesso em São Paulo. Esse homem usava um nome vienense e praticava a telepatia, proclamando-se o melhor discípulo de Freud. Temendo que esse espetáculo desacreditasse a psicanálise nos meios médicos, Marcondes pediu a Freud que desmascarasse o impostor, o que ele logo fez.”

Dissolvida em 1944, a SBP se reconstituiu em um grupo puramente paulista, a Sociedade Brasileira de Psicanálise de São Paulo (SBPSP), reconhecida pela IPA no Congresso de Amsterdam de 1951. A partir desse momento, houve intercâmbios entre Londres e São Paulo. Apaixonados pelas teorias de Melanie Klein e seus discípulos, analistas paulistas atravessaram o Atlântico para receber uma formação na British Psychoanalytical Society (BPS). Foi o caso de Virgínia Bicudo. Depois de cinco anos em Londres, ela trouxe as suas experiências clínicas da Tavistock Clinic e as ensinou. Por sua vez, Frank Philips, voltando de Londres, realizou no seio do grupo paulista seminários técnicos e teóricos de inspiração kleiniana. À influência compósita argentina acrescentou-se então a do kleinismo, nitidamente mais implantado em São Paulo do que no Rio. Posteriormente, Wilfred Ruprecht Bion, convidado por Philips, se tornaria um dos mestres do grupo paulista.”

Essa expansão da psicanálise nas duas grandes cidades rivais, São Paulo e Rio, assim como na região sul do país, permitiu ao freudismo brasileiro recuperar progressivamente o seu atraso em relação ao movimento argentino, sem com isso fazer emergir em suas fileiras chefes de escola de estatura comparável à dos argentinos. Deve-se dizer que, desde a origem, a situação no Brasil era diferente. Efetivamente, a escola brasileira, na ausência de um sólido movimento migratório durante o período entre as duas guerras, não tivera <fundador> que fosse ao mesmo tempo didata e teórico. E ela só encontrou a sua identidade, de uma cidade à outra, ao filiar-se ora à escola inglesa ou a algumas correntes norte-americanas, ora à escola argentina. Entretanto, desenvolveu uma grande atividade clínica em diversas instituições (hospitais e centros de saúde). A partir de 1960, com a criação da COPAL (futura FEPAL) e depois da Associação Brasileira de Psicanálise (ABP, 1967), ela se tornou, ao lado da escola argentina, a segunda grande potência do freudismo latino-americano.”

Em 31 de março de 1964, depois de dez anos de governo social-democrata, durante os quais o presidente Kubitschek inaugurou a cidade de Brasília, o marechal Castello Branco, apoiado pelos Estados Unidos e pelas classes médias, derrubou o presidente João Goulart e instaurou uma ditadura que duraria vinte anos. (…) Orgulhosos de construírem um Brasil novo, os tecnocratas, os conservadores e os anticomunistas afirmaram sua vontade de governar sem o sufrágio das massas. Os partidos foram dissolvidos, as forças armadas reorganizadas.”

Helena Besserman Vianna, psicanalista de extrema esquerda e membro da outra sociedade (SBPRJ), tomou conhecimento desse artigo. Suas opiniões radicais eram conhecidas, pois ela se expressara publicamente na SBPRJ, por ocasião de um debate com Bion, perguntando-lhe se ele aceitaria analisar um torturador. A assembléia respondera que essa pergunta era <provocadora, nem científica nem construtiva>. Helena enviou a Marie Langer o artigo da Voz Operária, acompanhado do nome e do endereço de Leão Cabernite [psicanalista carioca ligado aos militares, que dentre seus pacientes contava com um torturador, denunciado pelo jornal proletário acima] escritos à mão, para que ela o publicasse em sua revista Cuestionamos e pedisse à direção da IPA a abertura de um inquérito. Marie Langer mandou imediatamente o artigo a Serge Lebovici, presidente da IPA, e a diversos responsáveis do movimento psicanalítico. Depois, publicou-a em sua revista. Marie Langer tinha um peso considerável na IPA, em razão de sua notoriedade e de seu engajamento contra todas as ditaduras latino-americanas.

Preocupado com as conseqüências desse caso para a imagem da psicanálise no mundo, Lebovici preveniu Cabernite e David Zimmermann [sobrenome de fascista], membro da SPPA (Porto Alegre) e presidente da COPAL, que lhe respondeu logo que essa publicação era <um jornaleco que não merecia respeito>.” “Não só os autores negavam qualquer participação de Amílcar Lobo nesse gênero de atividade, como também acusavam o denunciante de fomentar um complô para desestabilizar a psicanálise brasileira, no momento em que ia se realizar o IV Congresso da ABP.” O Amílcar é o Lobo do homem.

Identificada por uma perícia grafológica, Helena Besserman Vianna pagou caro a denúncia do torturador. Sua sociedade recusou-se, durante dois anos, a lhe conferir o título de membro titular, ao passo que ela tinha teoricamente direito a ele, considerando-se o seu currículo. Pior ainda, o conselho de administração da SBPRJ se transformou em tribunal interno para acusá-la de delação, envolvendo a pessoa de um inocente (Amílcar Lobo), de plágio dos textos de seus colegas e enfim de falta de respeito para com Bion: uma verdadeira degradação pública. Posteriormente, Helena foi vítima de uma tentativa de atentado fracassada, por parte da polícia brasileira, prevenida por Amílcar Lobo. Ela só foi definitivamente reabilitada em 1980, quando um ex-prisioneiro revelou publicamente as atrocidades de Amílcar Lobo. Entretanto, nem Cabernite, nem Zimmermann, nem Lebovici prestaram contas de seu erro durante esse período, o que provocou uma verdadeira tempestade nas fileiras das duas sociedades do Rio.”

o lacanismo se implantou maciçamente na universidade, em particular nos departamentos de psicologia, trazendo assim uma cultura e uma identidade para a profissão de psicoterapeuta, abandonada pela ABP, que tendia, apesar de algumas exceções, como Inês Besouchet (1924-1991) por exemplo, a favorecer os médicos. Daí a eclosão paralela de múltiplos grupos, com diversas orientações: 26 no Rio, 27 em São Paulo, 7 no Rio Grande do Sul, 9 em Minas Gerais, ao todo 70 associações, reunindo cerca de 1500 psicoterapeutas. Essa cifra elevava o efetivo total dos psicanalistas freudianos a mais de 3000.”

as extravagâncias xamanísticas do célebre lacaniano brasileiro dos anos 1970, Magno Machado Dias, mais conhecido sob o nome de MDMagno.” “Analisado por Lacan em alguns meses, esse esteta carioca culto e sedutor, professor de semiologia na universidade, fundou em 1975, com Betty Milan, outra analisada de Lacan, o Colégio Freudiano do Rio de Janeiro (CFRJ). Tornou-se o terapeuta dos membros de seu grupo, que freqüentavam seu divã e seus seminários. MDMagno deu ao lacanismo carioca uma furiosa expansão, e o seu Colégio foi o núcleo inicial de todos os grupos formados depois no Rio, por cisões sucessivas. Evoluindo para um culturalismo radical, Magno se apresentava como fundador da psicanálise <abrasileirada>. Segundo a nova genealogia, Freud era o bisavô, Lacan o avô, MDMagno o pai.”

Na Bahia, Emilio Rodrigué, grande figura da escola argentina, realizou uma experiência única em seu gênero. Dissidente da APA, próximo de Marie Langer e do grupo Plataforma, recebera sua formação didática em Londres, com Paula Heimann e Melanie Klein. Instalando-se em 1974 no coração da civilização brasileira, entre a negritude e a colonização, casado com uma sacerdotisa da aristocracia do candomblé, apaixonado por historiografia, conseguiu reunir em torno de si um grupo composto de todas as tendências do freudismo. Assim, foi um dos raros psicanalistas, talvez o único, a estabelecer uma ponte entre todas as culturas do continente latino-americano, sem ceder nem ao universalismo abstrato, nem ao culturalismo desenfreado. Daí o seu lugar de mestre socrático, único na psicanálise neste fim do século XX.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Jurandir Freire Costa, História da psiquiatria no Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, 1976; (documentário)

Marialzira Perestrello, História da Sociedade Brasileira de Psicanálise do Rio de Janeiro. Suas origens e fundação, Rio de Janeiro, Imago, 1987.

Breuer, Josef (1842-1925)

A imagem desse brilhante clínico vienense que tratou de Franz Brentano, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach e seus colegas médicos, o ginecologista Rudolf Chrobak (1843-1910), Theodor Billroth e o próprio

Freud, foi deformada por Ernest Jones. Em sua biografia de Freud, este o apresentou como um terapeuta tímido e estúpido, incapaz de compreender a questão da sexualidade. Foi necessário esperar pelo trabalho deAlbrecht Hirschmüller, historiador da medicina de língua alemã, para que fosse escrita a história das relações entre Freud e Breuer, longe das lendas da historiografia oficial.” “Josef Breuer não era crente nem praticante. Como Freud, permaneceu ligado à sua judeidade, sem proclamar nenhuma fé e defendendo os princípios da assimilação. Em 1859, orientou-se para a medicina, tornando-se aluno de Karl Rokitansky (1804-1878), de Josef Skoda, de Ernst von Brücke e, enfim, do assistente deste, Johann von Oppolzer(1808-1871), notável clínico geral, do qual foi por sua vez assistente. Foi no laboratório de fisiologia de Ewald Hering, rival de Brücke, que começou a trabalhar no problema da respiração. Essa formação fez dele o herdeiro de uma tradição positivista, originária da escola de Hermann von Helmholtz, pela qual se realizava a união de uma medicina de laboratório de estilo alemão e da medicina hospitalar vienense. Tornando-se célebre em 1868 por um estudo sobre o papel do nervo pneumogástrico na regulação da respiração, estudou depois os canais semicirculares do ouvido interno.”

Breuer e Freud tinham em sua clientela doentes mentais, principalmente mulheres histéricas da boa burguesia vienense. Assim, começaram a tornar-se, cada um a seu modo, especialistas em distúrbios psíquicos, o que os levou a assinarem juntos, em 1895, os famosos Estudos sobre a histeria.” “Sua amizade terminou na primavera de 1896. Entretanto, o conflito não foi nem violento nem definitivo, como aconteceu com Fliess e depois com Carl Gustav Jung. Constrangido por ter que pagar sua dívida financeira, Freud comportou-se com Breuer como um filho intransigente e revoltado. Suspeitou que ele quisesse tutelá-lo e acusou-o de ser oportunista e não ter a coragem de defender idéias novas. Na realidade, Breuer não tinha as mesmas ambições que Freud. Não procurando fazer nome na história das ciências nem tornar-se profeta de uma doutrina que iria abalar o mundo, mostrou-se sempre favorável à psicanálise.”

Brücke, Ernst Wilhelm von (1819-1892)

Brücke merece ser considerado o fundador da fisiologia na Áustria.”

Brücke ficara sabendo que eu cheguei várias vezes atrasado ao laboratório. Um dia, ele veio na hora em que eu deveria chegar e me esperou. […] O essencial estava em seus terríveis olhos azuis, cujo olhar me aniquilou. Aqueles que se lembram dos olhos maravilhosos que o mestre conservou até a velhice e que o viram encolerizado podem imaginar facilmente o que senti então.”Interpretação dos Sonhos

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Siegfried Bernfeld, Freud’s earliest theories and the school of Helmholtz, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, XIII, 1944, 341-62;

______. Freud’s scientific beginnings, American Imago, vol. 6, 1949, 163-96;

______. Sigmund Freud M.D., IJP, vol. 32, 1951, 204-17.

Caruso, Igor

em 1947, Caruso se separou sem traumas da WPV, cuja orientação lhe parecia excessivamente médica, excessivamente materialista, ou seja, excessivamente <americana>, para criar o primeiro círculo de trabalho vienense sobre a psicologia das profundezas. Mesmo continuando a ser freudiano, não aceitava os padrões de formação da IPA e, como Lacan, queria dar à psicanálise uma orientação intelectual, espiritual e filosófica. Assim, considerava-a, à luz da fenomenologia, como um método de edificação da personalidade humana (ou personalismo), destinado não a adaptar o sujeito ao princípio de realidade, mas a levá-lo a resolver as tensões resultantes da sua relação conflituosa com o mundo.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Igor Caruso, Psychanalyse et synthèse personnelle (Viena, 1952), Paris, Desclée de Brouwer, 1959.

castração

Em A interpretação dos sonhos todas as passagens relativas à castração, se excetuarmos uma alusão, aliás errada, a Zeus castrando Cronos, são acrescentadas em 1911 ou nas edições posteriores.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Stärcke, The Castration Complex

Charcot (1825-1893)

O nome de Jean Martin Charcot é inseparável da história da histeria, da hipnose e das origens da psicanálise, e também daquelas mulheres loucas, expostas, tratadas e fotografadas no Hospital da Salpêtrière, em suas atitudes passionais: Augustine, Blanche Wittmann, Rosalie Dubois, Justine Etchevery. Essas mulheres, sem as quais Charcot não teria conhecido a glória, eram todas oriundas do povo. Suas convulsões, crises, ataques, suas paralisias eram sem dúvida alguma de natureza psíquica, mas também eram conseqüência de traumas de infância, estupros, abusos sexuais. Em suma, da miséria da alma e do corpo, tão bem-descrita pelo mestre nas suas Lições da terça-feira.”

Graças ao método anátomo-clínico, descreveu a doença que levaria o seu nome: esclerose lateral amiotrófica.”

Foi em 1870 que se interessou pela histeria, por ocasião de uma reorganização dos setores do hospital. De fato, a administração tomou a decisão de separar os alienados dos epiléticos (não-alienados) e das histéricas. Como essas duas últimas categorias de doentes apresentavam sinais convulsivos idênticos, decidiu-se reuni-los em uma seção especial: a seção dos epiléticos simples.” “Charcot inaugurou assim um modo de classificação que distinguia a crise histérica da crise epilética e permitia à doente histérica escapar da acusação de simulação. Assim, abandonou a definição antiga de histeria, para substituí-la pelo conceito mais moderno de neurose.”

recorreu à hipnose: adormecendo as mulheres na Salpêtrière, fabricava sintomas histéricos experimentalmente, fazendo-os desaparecer imediatamente, provando assim o caráter neurótico da doença. Foi nesse ponto que seria atacado por Bernheim.” “em 1887, publicou Os demoníacos na arte, em colaboração com seu aluno Paul Richer (1849-1933). Para ele, tratava-se de encontrar nas crises de possessão e nos êxtases os sintomas de uma doença que ainda não recebera a sua definição científica.” “a fase epileptóide, quando a doente se contraía em uma bola e dava uma volta completa em torno de si mesma, a fase de clownismo, com seu movimento em arco de círculo, a fase passional, com seus êxtases, e enfim o período terminal, com suas crises de contraturas generalizadas. A isso Charcot acrescentava uma variedade <demoníaca> da histeria: aquela em que a Inquisição via os sinais da presença do diabo no útero das mulheres.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Désiré-Magloire Bourneville & Paul Regnard (org.), Iconografia fotográfica da Salpêtrière, “verdadeiro laboratório das representações visuais da histeria” (livro fotográfico).

Mon cher docteur Freud: Charcot’s unpublished correspondance to Freud, 1888-1893, anotações, tradução e comentários de Toby Gelfand, in: Bulletin of the History of Medecine, 62, 1888, 563-88.

Chistes e sua relação com o inconsciente, Os

Freud tinha paixão por aforismos, trocadilhos e anedotas judaicas, e não parou de colecioná-los ao longo de toda a sua vida. Como inúmeros intelectuais vienenses — Karl Kraus, p.ex. —, era dotado de um senso de humor corrosivo e adorava as histórias das Schadhen (casamenteiras judias) ou dos Schnorrer (pedintes), através das quais se exprimiam, por meio do riso, os principais problemas da comunidade judaica da Europa Central, confrontada com o anti-semitismo. Sob esse aspecto, como sublinha Henri F. Ellenberger, seu livro sobre o chiste é um pequeno monumento à memória da vida vienense: ali ele conta histórias de dinheiro e sonhos de glória, e piadas referentes ao sexo, à família, ao casamento, etc.”

QUE INFANTIL… “De Mark Twain (1835-1910) a Dom Quixote, distingue o humor, o cômico e o chiste propriamente dito. Todos os três, afirma, remetem o homem ao estado infantil, pois <a euforia que almejamos atingir por esses caminhos não é outra coisa senão o humor […] de nossa infância, idade em que desconhecíamos o cômico, éramos incapazes de espirituosidade e não precisávamos do humor para nos sentirmos felizes na vida>.”

Em 1916, Abraham Arden Brill redigiu a primeira versão do livro em inglês e escolheu a palavra wit como equivalente de Witz, com o risco de restringir a significação do chiste à espirituosidade intelectual, no sentido como dizemos que alguém <tem espírito>, ou <é uma pessoa espirituosa>, ou <faz tiradas oportunas>. Opondo-se a essa redução, James Strachey preferiu, em 1960, o vocábulo joke, que ampliou a significação do termo, estendendo-o até a blague, a brincadeira ou a farsa, com o risco de dissolver o dito espirituoso, ou seja, o aspecto intelectual do Witz freudiano, no campo mais vasto das diferentes formas de expressão do cômico. Na verdade, por trás dessa querela perfilava-se uma luta ideológica entre os ingleses e os norte-americanos [os anglo-saxões e os judeus?] pela apropriação da obra freudiana. É que Brill havia procurado, em sua tradução, <adaptar> o pensamento freudiano ao espírito de além-Atlântico, transformando certas blagues judaicas em piadas norte-americanas. Strachey, ao contrário, opondo-se a Brill, reivindicava uma fidelidade maior tanto ao texto freudiano quanto à língua inglesa (e não norte-americana) e à história vienense.” “Na França, foi Lacan, contrariando Marie Bonaparte, quem procurou traduzir Witz por trait d’esprit, assim dissociando o trait (rasgo, traço), como significante, do esprit (intelecto, engenho, espírito). A partir daí, os lacanianos, fascinados pelos trocadilhos do mestre, privilegiaram o termo Witz, preferencialmente a chiste, como se o emprego do termo alemão permitisse remeter o Witz freudiano a uma função simbólica da linguagem, a um traço significante não-redutível à diversidade das línguas. Em 1988, quando do lançamento da excelente tradução de Denis Messier, Jean-Bertrand Pontalis redigiu uma nota em que se recusou a traduzir Witz por trait d’esprit. Mesmo levando em conta o caráter positivo da contribuição teórica de Lacan, sublinhou, com justa razão, que o Witz tinha, no sentido freudiano, uma significação muito mais ampla e menos conceitual do que a leitura que dele propusera Lacan. Daí a opção de traduzir o livro como Le Mot d’esprit et sa relation à l’inconscient.”

Ver verbete agressão.

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Theodor Lipps, Komik und Humor. Eine psychologisch-ästhetische Untersuchung, Hamburgo, L. Voss, 1898;

Joël Dor, Introdução à leitura de Lacan, t. 1 (Paris, 1985), P. Alegre, Artes Médicas, 1992;

André Bourguignon, Pierre Cotet, Jean Laplanche & François Robert, Traduzir Freud (Paris, 1989), S. Paulo, Martins Fontes, 1992.

Cinco lições de psicanálise (Sobre a Psicanálise), 1910

Livro de Sigmund Freud, publicado pela primeira vez em inglês, no American Journal of Psychology, sob o título The Origin and Development of Psychoanalysis, numa tradução de H.W. Chase, e depois retraduzido por James Strachey em 1957, sob o título Five Lectures on Psycho-analysis. Publicado em alemão em 1910, sob o título Über Psychoanalyse. Traduzido para o francês em 1920 por Yves Le Lay, sob o título Origine et développement de la psychanalyse, e mais tarde, em 1923, sob o título Cinq Leçons sur la psychanalyse. Retraduzido por Cornélius Heim em 1991, sob o título Sur la psychanalyse. Cinq conférences, e depois, em 1993, por René Lainé & Johanna Stute-Cadiot, sob o título De la psychanalyse.”

Para Freud, esse momento marcou o fim de seu isolamento. No entanto, em 1914, em seu ensaio sobre A história do movimento psicanalítico, falou com certa leviandade das Cinco conferências, afirmando havê-las improvisado. Na verdade — e sua correspondência com Ferenczi o atesta —, redigiu-as durante todo o verão de 1909.”

O COMEÇO DO FIM: “Na época, eu contava apenas 53 anos, sentia-me jovem e saudável, e essa breve temporada no Novo Mundo foi, de maneira geral, benéfica para meu amor-próprio; na Europa, eu me sentia meio proscrito, enquanto ali me vi acolhido pelos melhores como um de seus pares. Foi como que a realização de um devaneio improvável subir ao púlpito de Worcester, para ali proferir as Cinco lições de psicanálise. A psicanálise, portanto, já não era uma formação delirante, havendo-se transformado numa parte preciosa da realidade.”

Inicialmente publicadas em inglês, essas cinco lições nada trazem de novo para quem conhece a essência da obra freudiana. No entanto, por sua clareza exemplar, têm uma função didática e constituem uma iniciação particularmente simples aos princípios gerais da psicanálise.” (veja instruções sobre a ordem da leitura de Freud ao final do post)

ESBOÇO DA OBRA:

A primeira conferência versa sobre a especificidade da abordagem psicanalítica da

neurose. A propósito disso, Freud evoca a história de Anna O. (Bertha Pappenheim) e a lembrança de Josef Breuer.

Na segunda conferência, explica de que modo o abandono da hipnose lhe permitiu captar a manifestação das resistências, do recalque e do sintoma, assim como seu funcionamento em relação ao surgimento de <moções> do desejo por ele qualificadas de <perturbadoras> para o eu.”

¹ Vocabulário intragável!

A conferência de Freud na quarta-feira à tarde, com efeito, foi perturbada pela intromissão de Emma Goldmann, a célebre anarquista norte-americana, acompanhada, nesse dia, por Ben Reitman, o <rei dos vagabundos>.

Em seu prefácio à tradução francesa de 1991, Jean-Bertrand Pontalis sublinhou a engenhosidade de que Freud deu mostras ao usar essa imagem do perturbador. Contudo, sublinhou também que a tática que consiste em desarmar o adversário em potencial comporta o risco de gerar, por força da moderação, um número excessivo de mal-entendidos. Assim, para não chocar o público norte-americano, Freud havia recuado, nesse momento, em relação às posições adotadas em 1905, em seus Três ensaios sobre a teoria da sexualidade. Essa concessão, entretanto, não evitaria que sua doutrina fosse assemelhada a um pansexualismo, tanto nos Estados Unidos quanto em todos os outros lugares.

Esse exemplo de deslizamento epistemológico, responsável por uma certa edulcoração da teoria, também responde pelo interesse desse livro. Nele, com efeito, podemos apreender como foi difícil o combate travado por Freud em prol do uso e da manutenção do termo sexualidade. Como sublinhou Jean Laplanche a esse respeito, <Ceder quanto à palavra já é ceder em ¾ quanto ao próprio conteúdo da idéia.>

cisão

Dá-se o nome de cisão a um tipo de ruptura institucional ocorrida no interior da IPAa partir do fim da década de 1920. O cisionismo é um processo ligado ao desenvolvimento maciço da psicanálise durante o entre-guerras e, mais tarde, durante a segunda metade do século XX. Atesta uma crise da instituição psicanalítica e a transformação desta num aparelho burocrático, destinado a administrar os interesses profissionais da corporação (análise didática e supervisão, análise leiga ou análise feita por médicos) a partir de regras técnicas (duração das sessões e dos tratamentos, currículo, hierarquias) que se tornaram contestáveis aos olhos de alguns de seus membros, a ponto de conduzi-los a rejeitá-las radicalmente e, depois, a promover uma secessão.”

O cisionismo, portanto, é o sintoma da impossibilidade de a psicanálise e o freudismo da segunda metade do século XX serem representados em sua totalidade unicamente pela IPA, ainda que ela seja a associação mais poderosa e mais legítima do mundo. Quanto mais importante é o movimento freudiano num país, mais freqüentes são as cisões. Por isso é que o cisionismo é realmente um fenômeno ligado ao desenvolvimento das instituições psicanalíticas.”

Somente a Grã-Bretanha conseguiu evitar as cisões, através de um arranjo interno da British Psychoanalytical Society (BPS) após as Grandes Controvérsias: em vez de levar a uma verdadeira cisão, os conflitos conduziram a uma divisão tripartite da própria BPS (kleinismo, annafreudismo e o Grupo dos Independentes).”

O termo difere, portanto, de cisma, muitas vezes empregado na terminologia inglesa e que, embora designe a contestação de uma autoridade legítima, tem uma conotação religiosa que não convém à inscrição da psicanálise no século. [hehe]”

A dissidência é um fenômeno historicamente anterior ao das cisões, contemporâneas da expansão maciça da psicanálise no mundo, e do advento da terceira geração psicanalítica mundial (Jacques Lacan, Heinz Kohut, Marie Langer, Wilfred Ruprecht Bion, Igor Caruso, Donald Woods Winnicott).” “De modo geral, emprega-se o termo dissidência para qualificar as duas grandes rupturas que marcaram os primórdios do movimento psicanalítico: com Alfred Adler, em 1911, e com Carl Gustav Jung, em 1913. Essas duas rupturas conduziram seus protagonistas a abandonar o freudismo e fundar, ao mesmo tempo, uma nova doutrina e um novo movimento político e institucional: a psicologia individual, no caso do primeiro, e a psicologia analítica, no que tange ao segundo.” “As dissidências de Wilhelm Stekel e Otto Rank, sob esse aspecto, são diferentes da adleriana e da junguiana, porquanto dizem respeito a certos aspectos da doutrina e não à sua totalidade. Trata-se, pois, de dissidências internas à história da teoria freudiana, da qual conservam quer o essencial, quer uma parte. A dissidência de Wilhelm Reich é da mesma ordem, tendo sido acompanhada, como a de Rank, de uma expulsão da IPA.”

Note-se que Lacan foi o único a utilizar a palavra excomunhão para designar a maneira como foi obrigado a deixar a IPA em 1963. Com isso, inscreveu sua ruptura com a legitimidade freudiana na linha direta do herem de Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677), que era um castigo de caráter leigo, e não religioso. (…) Censurando a instituição freudiana por já não ser freudiana, ele se viu coagido a fundar um novo lugar de legitimidade para o exercício da psicanálise — a École Freudienne de Paris (EFP) —, assim fazendo nascer um movimento que, apesar de se pretender freudiano, seria chamado de lacaniano. Essa é a contradição traduzida pela palavra excomunhão: também o jovem Spinoza foi coagido por seu herem a fundar uma filosofia spinozista.”

Claus, Carl (1835-1899) [não confundir com Karl Kraus]

Em 1874, Freud seguiu seus cursos, no momento em que Claus se dedicava a uma vasta polêmica com outro discípulo alemão de Charles Darwin, Ernst Haeckel. No ano seguinte, obteve por duas vezes uma bolsa para Trieste, onde efetuou pesquisas sobre as gônadas da enguia. Em 1990, Lucille Ritvo foi a primeira a estudar a importância do ensino de Carl Claus na gênese da adesão de Freud ao darwinismo, especialmente à tese da hereditariedade dos caracteres adquiridos.”

complexo

Nenhum outro termo instituído pela psicanálise para as suas necessidades adquiriu tanta popularidade nem foi mais mal-aplicado em detrimento da construção de conceitos mais exatos” F., História da psicanálise

Podemos encontrar diversos motivos para esta reserva de Freud. Repugnava-lhe uma certa tipificação psicológica (por exemplo, o complexo de fracasso), que implica o risco de dissimular a singularidade dos casos e, ao mesmo tempo, apresentar como explicação aquilo que constitui o problema.” “surge, com efeito, a tentação de criar tantos complexos quantos forem os tipos psicológicos que se imaginem” “Note-se que a aparente diversidade dos termos <paterno>, <materno>, etc., remete em cada caso para dimensões da estrutura edipiana, quer essa dimensão seja particularmente dominante em determinado sujeito, quer Freud pretenda dar um relevo especial a determinado momento da sua análise. E assim que, sob o nome de complexo paterno, ele acentua a relação ambivalente com o pai. O complexo de castração, embora o seu tema possa ser relativamente isolado, inscreve-se inteiramente na dialética do complexo de Édipo.” Hm.

No Dictionnaire de psychanalyse et psychotechnique publicado sob a direção de Maryse Choisy na revista Psyche, são descritos cerca de 50 complexos. Escreve um dos autores: <Tentamos dar uma nomenclatura tão completa quanto possível dos complexos conhecidos até agora. Mas todos os dias se descobrem mais.>” HAHAHA

complexo de Electra

Expressão utilizada por Jung como sinônimo do complexo de Édipo feminino, para marcar a existência nos dois sexos, mutatis mutandis, de uma simetria da atitude para com os pais.” Nem mesmo Simone de Beauvoir sabia disso.

compulsão à repetição (Wiederholungszwang)

Ver vocábulos das neuroses

Em psicopatologia concreta, processo incoercível e de origem inconsciente, pelo qual o sujeito se coloca ativamente em situações penosas, repetindo assim experiências antigas sem se recordar doprotótipo e tendo, pelo contrário, a impressão muito viva de que se trata de algo plenamente motivado na atualidade.”

Ela participa de tal modo da investigação especulativa de Freud nesse momento decisivo, com suas hesitações, impasses e mesmo contradições, que é difícil delimitar a sua acepção restrita como também a sua problemática própria.”

De um modo geral, o recalcado procura <retornar> ao presente, sob a forma de sonhos, de sintomas, de atuação

…o que permaneceu incompreendido retorna; como uma alma penada, não tem repouso até que seja encontrada solução e alívio” Quem diria que não foi escrito por um espírita! Mas um surdo pressentimento – ou grande ignorância – me faz pensar que um bisavô meu me deu esse presente e que desde criança esse é meu fado… Tudo se inverte quando percebemos que criamos isso, imploraríamos por isso se não existisse (única realidade possível) e vivemos nossa vida como a MALDIÇÃO DO ESCRITOR, espontaneamente, por paradoxal que pareça.

Lacan distingue duas ordens de repetição, as quais analisa numa perspectiva aristotélica: por um lado, a tyche, encontro dominado pelo acaso — de certo modo, ela é o contrário do kairos, o encontro que ocorre no <momento oportuno> — e que podemos assimilar ao trauma, ao choque imprevisível e incontrolável.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

F., Recordar, repetir, perlaborar

comunismo

instaurou-se entre o marxismo e o freudismo um vínculo que deu origem a uma corrente intelectual designada pelo nome de freudo-marxismo, cujos principais representantes foram os filósofos da Escola de Frankfurt e os psicanalistas da <esquerda freudiana>: desde Otto Fenichel a Wilhelm Reich, passando por Erich Fromm e Herbert Marcuse.”

Freud sempre manifestou uma hostilidade, se não ao marxismo, pelo menos ao comunismo e, acima de tudo, aos freudo-marxistas. Foi contra Reich que se mostrou mais violento, sobretudo em 1933, no momento em que os freudianos de todas as tendências deveriam ter se mobilizado contra o nazismo, e não contra os dissidentes marxistas de seu próprio movimento.(Freud, entretanto, jamais confundiu comunismo com nazismo, como mostra uma carta publicada por Jones, dirigida a Marie Bonaparte em 10 de junho de 1933: <O mundo está se transformando numa enorme prisão. A Alemanha é a pior de suas celas. O que acontecerá na cela austríaca é absolutamente incerto. Prevejo uma surpresa paradoxal na Alemanha. Eles começaram tendo o bolchevismo como seu inimigo mortal e terminarão com algo que não se distinguirá dele — exceto pelo fato de que o bolchevismo, afinal, adotou ideais revolucionários, ao passo que os do hitlerismo são puramente medievais e reacionários.>)

Em todos os países que se tornaram comunistas e onde a psicanálise estava implantada no começo do século, ela foi proibida e seus representantes foram perseguidos, caçados ou obrigados a se exilar. Naqueles em que ainda não existia antes do advento do regime comunista, ela também foi proibida. Num primeiro momento, de 1920 a 1949, e à medida que se deu a stalinização do movimento comunista e a transformação do regime soviético (e de seus satélites) num sistema totalitário, a supressão de todas as liberdades associativas e políticas acarretou a extinção pura e simples da prática psicanalítica e de suas instituições. (…) O pavlovismo tornou-se o padrão generalizado de uma psicologia chamada materialista, que foi contrastada com a ciência burguesa freudiana, dita espiritualista ou reacionária.” “Somente após a queda do comunismo, em 1989, é que o freudismo pôde implantar-se novamente na Rússia e na Romênia, ou encontrar uma nova via de introdução na Polônia, na Bulgária e na República Tcheca.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

André Jdanov, Sur la littérature, l’art et la musique (1948), Paris, Éd. de la Nouvelle Critique, 1950.

Conferências introdutórias sobre psicanálise

Livro inicialmente publicado por Sigmund Freud em 3 partes distintas, entre 1916 e 1917, e depois num único volume, em 1917, sob o título Vorlesungen zur Einführung in die Psychoanalyse. Traduzido para o francês pela primeira vez em 1921, por Samuel Jankélévitch, sob o título Introduction à la psychanalyse. Traduzido para o inglês pela primeira vez em 1920, sem indicação do tradutor mas sob a direção e com um prefácio de Stanley Granville Hall, sob o título A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis. Mais tarde, traduzido em 1922 por Joan Riviere sob o título Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis, com um prefácio de Ernest Jones. A tradução de Joan Riviere foi posteriormente reeditada em 1935 sob o título A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis, incluindo os dois prefácios. Traduzido em 1964 por James Strachey sob o título Introductory Lectures on Psycho-Analysis.”

As Conferências introdutórias sobre psicanálise compreendem 3 grupos de aulas: as quatro primeiras aulas dizem respeito aos atos falhos; as 11 seguintes são dedicadas ao sonho, e as outras 13, que em si constituem a verdadeira segunda parte do livro, são agrupadas sob o título de Teoria geral das neuroses.”

Mas, nova dificuldade, é impossível assistir a uma sessão de psicanálise, embora seja corriqueiro observar apresentações de doentes no âmbito dos serviços de psiquiatria. Com efeito, a psicanálise pressupõe a fala espontânea e não controlada por parte do paciente; assim, ela versa sobre o que há de mais íntimo e mais pessoal, que não pode ser dito na presença de terceiros.”

As quatro primeiras conferências retomam de forma sintética o tema da Psicopatologia da vida cotidiana.” “Esse corpus de símbolos tende a constituir uma espécie de reservatório de traduções permanentes a que a análise deve recorrer quando o conteúdo manifesto não suscita nenhuma associação, o que, esclarece Freud, não pode ser atribuído a um fenômeno de resistência, mas à especificidade do material. Ele reconhece que esse conjunto de símbolos não deixa de evocar <o ideal da antiga e popular interpretação dos sonhos, um ideal do qual nossa técnica nos afastou consideravelmente>. Nesse ponto e em termos ainda mais claros, renova a advertência acrescentada em 1909 ao texto de A interpretação dos sonhos: <Não se deixem, contudo, seduzir por essa facilidade. Nossa tarefa não consiste em realizar façanhas. A técnica que repousa no conhecimento dos símbolos não substitui a que repousa na associação e não pode comparar-se com ela. Apenas a complementa e lhe fornece dados utilizáveis.>Dito isso, a freqüência das analogias simbólicas no sonho permite a Freud sublinhar o caráter universalista da psicanálise, bem diferente, nesse como em outros aspectos, da psicologia e da psiquiatria.”

as Conferências introdutórias sobre psicanálise não são apenas um manual didático, mas constituem, assim como a maioria das publicações de Freud, uma etapa no desenvolvimento de sua elaboração teórica. Isso se aplica, em particular, ao capítulo sobre a angústia, onde é retomado um certo número de observações clínicas, previamente desenvolvidas no âmbito dos históricos de casos, mas onde são igualmente introduzidas novas concepções, que anunciam as elaborações que Freud iria teorizar em Inibições, sintomas e angústia (1926).”

Em algumas linhas, esclarece sua reticência em fornecer, nesse como noutros pontos, um <guia prático para o exercício da psicanálise>, e demonstra através de exemplos como a transmissão dessa prática passa por vias que não podem ser as do ensino abstrato.” Seria um perigo para os não-hunters aprenderem sobre o Nen.

denegação, negação, for(a)clusão (Lacan, psicose)

Etimologia: do francês forclusion ou prescrição legal (decadência de prazo no Direito).

a denegação é um meio de todo ser humano tomar conhecimento daquilo que recalca em seu inconsciente. Através desse meio, portanto, o pensamento se liberta, por uma lógica da negatividade, das limitações que lhe são impostas pelo recalque.”

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O termo foraclusão foi introduzido pela primeira vez por Lacan, em 4 de julho de1956, na última sessão de seu seminário dedicado às psicoses e à leitura do comentário de Sigmund Freud sobre a paranóia do jurista Daniel Paul Schreber.”

Para compreender a gênese desse conceito, há que relacioná-lo com a utilização que Hippolyte Bernheim fez, em 1895, da noção de alucinação negativa: esta designa a ausência de percepção de um objeto presente no campo do sujeito após a hipnose. Freud retomou o termo, porém não mais o empregou a partir de 1917, na medida em que, em 1914, propôs uma nova classificação das neuroses, psicoses e perversões no âmbito de sua teoria da castração. Deu então o nome de Verneinung ao mecanismo verbal pelo qual o recalcado é reconhecido de maneira negativa pelo sujeito, sem no entanto ser aceito: <Não é meu pai.> Em 1934, o termo foi traduzido em francês por négation.”

Laforgue propunha traduzir por escotomização tanto a renegação (Verleugnung) quanto um outro mecanismo, próprio da psicose e, em especial, da esquizofrenia. Freud recusou-se a acompanhá-lo e distinguiu, de um lado, a Verleugnung, e de outro, a Verdrängung (recalque). A situação descrita por Laforgue despertava a idéia de uma anulação da percepção, ao passo que a exposta por Freud mantinha a percepção, no contexto de uma negatividade: atualização de uma percepção que consiste numa renegação.”

Lacan inspirou-se no trabalho de Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-1961), Phénoménologie de la perception, e sobretudo nas páginas desse livro dedicadas à alucinação como <fenômeno de desintegração do real>, componente da intencionalidade do sujeito.”

O ULTRA-ROMÂNTICO VS. O PÓS-MOD. RESSEQUIDO

Normalmente, o alucinado vê coisas a mais, que não existem. Mas e se se tratasse de um alucinado lacaniano? É aquele que não vê o que existe. É como o niilista nietzschiano: cético, não acredita em nada para-além do empírico; mas, o que é pior, sequer dá fé ao empírico e imediato. Dá valor de nada ao que efetivamente está-aí. Não dá presença ao que é imaginário, como o niilista ingênuo clássico. Devaloração de todos os valores.

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um recalque é algo diferente de uma rejeição F.

RECALQUE: Eu não quero lembrar como meu pai é ruim (neurose)

FORACLUSÃO: Não existe um pai que seja ruim. (psicose)

O conceito de foraclusão assumiu, em seguida, uma extensão considerável na literatura lacaniana, a ponto de os discípulos do mestre francês acabarem vendo (senão alucinando) sua existência no corpus freudiano.” He-he.

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A forclusão distinguir-se-ia do recalque em dois sentidos: 1) Os significantes forcluídos não são integrados no inconsciente do sujeito; 2) Não retornam <do interior>, mas no seio do real, especialmente no fenômeno alucinatório.”

Em conclusão, podemos verificar, limitando-nos ao ponto de vista terminológico, que nem sempre o uso do termo Verwerfung abrange a idéia expressa por forclusão e que, inversamente, outras formas freudianas designam o que Lacan procura evidenciar.”

Ulteriormente, quando Freud tender a reinterpretar a projeção como um simples momento secundário do recalque neurótico, ver-se-á obrigado a admitir que a projeção — tomada neste sentido — já não é o fator propulsor essencial da psicose: <Não era exato dizer que a sensação reprimida (ünterdrückt) no interior era projetada para o exterior; reconhecemos antes que o que foi abolido (das Aufgehobene) no interiorvolta do exterior.>

O ego arranca-se à representação insuportável, mas esta está indissoluvelmente ligada a um fragmento da realidade e, realizando esta ação, o ego desligou-se também total ou parcialmente da realidade.” F., 1894

INFELIZMENTE A ÚNICA VÍTIMA DE UM COMPLEXO DE CASTRAÇÃO AQUI ERA O PRÓPRIO SEGISMUNDO: “Nos diversos textos de Freud existe uma ambigüidade indubitável quanto ao que é rejeitado (verworfen) ou recusado (verleugnet) quando a criança não aceita a castração. Será a própria castração? Neste caso, seria uma verdadeira teoria interpretativa dos fatos que seria rejeitada e não uma simples percepção. Tratar-se-á da <falta de pênis> na mulher? Mas então é difícil falar de uma <percepção> que seria recusada, porque uma ausência só é um fato perceptivo na medida em que é relacionada com uma presença possível.”

[Para Lacan,] a forclusão consiste então em não simbolizar o que deveria sê-lo (a castração): é uma <abolição simbólica>.” De acordo com a enantiodromia ou necessidade do retorno do recalcado (forcluído, neste caso) e homeostase das pulsões, o forcluído tem de re-advir no real em forma de ALUCINAÇÃO (ex: quando o Pequeno Hans vê seu dedo ser decepado).

Esse assunto é uma bosta de árido e confuso. Consultar bibliografia complementar!

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Jacques Damourette & Édouard Pichon, “Sur la signification psychologique de la négation en français” (1928), Le Bloc-notes de la Psychanalyse, 5, 1985, 111-32.

Deutsch, Helene

Aos 14 anos, a despeito de sua inteligência e sua beleza, Helene era deprimida, marcada pela hostilidade da mãe em relação a ela e pela tentativa de estupro de que tinha sido vítima por parte do irmão. Para grande escândalo da família, tornou-se então amante de um homem casado e conhecido em toda a cidade: Herman Lieberman. Esse eminente dirigente socialista, que seria ministro do governo polonês no exílio em Londres em 1940, lhe apresentou Rosa Luxemburgo, figura histórica, de quem ela falaria ainda com entusiasmo e admiração no fim da vida, aos 85 anos.”

encontrou Felix Deutsch, jovem médico atraído pelas idéias freudianas, com quem se casou no ano seguinte.”

Seduzido pela inteligência e pelos conhecimentos da jovem, Freud quis fazer dela sua principal discípula e acelerou o curso das coisas.”

seu livro mais importante, Psicologia da mulher, que seria, em 1949, a referência psicanalítica maior de Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) em O segundo sexo.”

As longas décadas que se seguiram — ela viveu até os 98 anos — foram ritmadas pelas tensões e conflitos de uma vida conjugal insatisfatória e pela nostalgia da paixão amorosa que marcou sua juventude. Sem dúvida, era essa uma das razões de seu apego à Polônia natal. Manifestava esse sentimento por um forte sotaque, o que fazia com que seus amigos dissessem que <ela falava cinco línguas, todas em polonês>. A grande dama [selvagem] de um freudismo sem concessões, criticando tão severamente a Ego Psychology quanto a standardização, à moda americana, da análise didática, desprovida segundo ela daquele espírito militante ao qual aderira apaixonadamente durante a sua juventude, foi então reconhecida e celebrada no continente americano.”

diferença sexual (A QUESTÃO FREUDO-FEMINISTA)

Razão da cisão kleiniana, que reconhece uma libido masculina e outra feminina.

Quando Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) publicou O segundo sexo, em junho de 1949, anunciou desde logo que a reivindicação feminista já estava ultrapassada. Para abordar esse tema a sério, após uma guerra que, na França, permitira às mulheres obterem o direito de voto, era preciso, doravante, tomar uma certa distância. Beauvoir não sabia que seu livro estaria na origem, após um longo desvio pelo continente norte-americano, de uma transformação simultânea dos ideais do feminismo e dos do freudismo.” “Beauvoir estudou a sexualidade à maneira de um historiador e tomou o partido da escola inglesa [kleinismo].” “A seu ver, a questão feminina não era assunto das mulheres, mas da sociedade dos homens, a única responsável, em sua opinião, pela submissão a ideais masculinos.”

O FALO HERMAFRODITA OU BINOMIAL DE LACAN: “o falo é assimilado a um significante puro da potência vital, dividindo igualmente os dois sexos e exercendo, portanto, uma função simbólica. Se o falo não é um órgão de ninguém, nenhuma libido masculina domina a condição feminina.”

Na França, essa leitura lacaniana do falocentrismo abriu caminho, entre 1968 e 1974, para teses diferencialistas encontradas sob a pena de autores — em geral mulheres e psicanalistas — preocupados em definir as características de uma identidade feminina liberta de qualquer substrato biológico ou anatômico. Assistiu-se então, em seguida à reformulação lacaniana, ao surgimento de um feminismo psicanalítico francês que, embora apoiando-se no livro fundador de Simone de Beauvoir, procurou ora contestá-lo radicalmente, ora corrigir seu aspecto naturalista e existencialista através de uma nova referência a Freud.” “Daí esse feminismo radical que renunciou, ao mesmo tempo, ao universalismo iluminista e à concepção freudiana da sexualidade.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Luce Irigaray, Speculum de l’autre femme, 1974;

Juliet Mitchell, Psychanalyse et féminisme, 1974;

Michèle Montrelay, L’Ombre et le nom, Paris, Minuit, 1977.

Dolto, Françoise

Em 1949, Françoise Dolto expôs à Sociedade Psicanalítica de Paris (SPP) o caso de duas meninas psicóticas, Bernadette e Nicole. A primeira gritava, sem conseguir fazer-se ouvir. Humanizava os vegetais e coisificava os seres humanos. A segunda permanecia muda, embora não fosse surda. Dolto teve a idéia de pedir à mãe de Bernadette que fabricasse um objeto que teria, para a criança, o papel de um bode expiatório. Deu-lhe o nome de <boneca-flor>: uma haste coberta de tecido verde no lugar do corpo e dos membros, uma margarida artificial para representar o rosto. Bernadette projetou no objeto as suas pulsões mortíferas e começou a falar, enquanto Nicole saía de seu mutismo. Com essa <boneca-flor>, Dolto integrava à sua prática a técnica dos jogos e, embora não tivesse conhecimento, na época, dos trabalhos de Melanie Klein, referia-se implicitamente a uma clínica das relações de objeto, desprovida, entretanto, da temática kleiniana do ódio, da inveja e de qualquer forma de perseguição ligada à idéia de objeto mau. Dessa <boneca-flor>, sairia a representação particular que Dolto faria da imagem do corpo, mais próxima da concepção lacaniana do estágio do espelho do que da definição de Paul Schilder.”

Em janeiro de 1979, Françoise Dolto criou em Paris a primeira Casa Verde, para acolher crianças até a idade de 3 anos, acompanhadas dos pais. <Segundo Dolto, tratava-se de evitar os traumas que marcam a entrada na pré-escola e de manter a segurança que a criança adquiriu no nascimento.>, declarou Jean-François de Sauverzac. Essa experiência teve sucesso e muitas casas verdes foram abertas no Canadá, na Rússia, na Bélgica, etc.”

Tornou-se a figura mais popular da França freudiana, mas foi criticada pelos meios psicanalíticos, que a acusavam de pôr o divã na rua.<Cientista, ela se comportava à maneira dos jornalistas, escreveu Madeleine Chapsal, dizendo o que tinha a dizer a cada dia, com urgência e com desprezo pelo escândalo, pelo choque que poderia causar. Evidentemente, sofreu o contragolpe de sua deliberada imprudência. Foi atacada, afastada, desprezada. Nada disso a deteve.>

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Françoise Dolto, Psicanálise e pediatria (Paris, 1939), Rio de Janeiro, Zahar, 1980; O caso Dominique (Paris, 1971), Rio de Janeiro, Zahar, 1981; Seminário de psicanálise de crianças (Paris, 1982, 1988), Rio de Janeiro, Zahar, 1985.

Doolittle, Hilda, dita H.D. (1886-1961)

Publicou várias antologias importantes e um romance autobiográfico, que relata os conflitos da bissexualidade em uma mulher apaixonada por um homem e por outra mulher. Analisada por Sigmund Freud em 1933-1934, publicou em 1956 um depoimento sobre o seu tratamento, composto de duas partes: O advento, conjunto de notas tomadas diariamente durante a análise e Escrito na parede. Reminiscências de uma análise com Freud, relato redigido 10 anos depois.”

duplo vínculo, double bind

Dilema do esquizofrênico, referente à incapacidade de decodificação da mensagem exterior.

egooueu

é corrente em psicanálise admitir que a noção de ego só se teria revestido de um sentido estritamente psicanalítico, técnico, após aquilo a que se chamou a virada de 1920. Esta mudança profunda da teoria, aliás, pode ter correspondido, na prática, a uma nova orientação, voltada para a análise do ego e dos seus mecanismos de defesa, mais do que para a elucidação dos conteúdos inconscientes. É claro que ninguém ignora que Freud falava de ego (Ich) desde os seus primeiros escritos, mas afirma-se que isso acontecia, geralmente, de forma pouco especificada, pois o termo designava então a personalidade no seu conjunto. Considera-se que as concepções mais específicas que atribuem ao ego funções bem determinadas no seio do aparelho psíquico (no Projeto para uma psicologia científica [Entwurt einer Psychologie, 1895], por exemplo) são prefigurações isoladas das noções da segunda tópica.”

o ego do amor-próprio segundo La Rochefoucauld

Freud não só encontra e utiliza acepções clássicas, opondo, por exemplo, o organismo ao meio, o sujeito ao objeto, o interior ao exterior, como emprega o próprio termo Ich nestes diferentes níveis, chegando até a jogar com a ambigüidade da utilização desta palavra; isso mostra que não exclui do seu campo qualquer das significações atribuídas aos termos ego (moi) ou eu (je).”

O ego só põe em funcionamento o processo primário quando não está em condições de fazer funcionar as suas defesas normais (atenção e evitação, por exemplo). No caso da lembrança de um traumatismo sexual (ver: a posteriori) o ego é surpreendido por um ataque interno e só pode <deixar agir um processo primário>. A situação da <defesa patológica> em relação à palavra [associação de complexos] não é pois determinada de maneira unívoca; em certo sentido, o ego é na verdade o agente da defesa, mas, na medida em que só pode se defender separando-se daquilo que o ameaça, abandona a representação inconciliável a um tipo de processo sobre o qual não tem domínio [primário].” Deixa os resquícios para os sonhos encobertos – mas isso só enquanto o trauma não adquire o status de ferida aberta (mórbido). Do contrário, a vida do sujeito em seus processos secundários estará avariada.

para que a alucinação seja evitada e para que a descarga não se produza quer na ausência quer na presença do objeto real, é necessário que seja inibido o processo primário que consiste numa livre propagação da excitação até a imagem.” HOMEOSTASE: “É a permanência nele de um nível de investimento que permite ao ego inibir os processos primários, não só aqueles que levam à alucinação, mas também os que seriam suscetíveis de provocar desprazer (= defesa primária).”

Processos psíquicos primários X Processos psíquicos secundários

Medidas drásticas e daninhas (representações alucinatórias, angústia, pânico) ou que no mínimo se exaurem rapidamente X Amadurecimento do Consciente por interferência paulatina do Supereu (pulsões refreadas, noção de dosagem da energia responsiva)

Ex: sonho X introjeção moral

Esta ambigüidade constitutiva do ego reaparece na dificuldade em dar um sentido unívoco à noção de interior, de excitação interna.Só sei que não sei nem o eu.

O mais engraçado é que, se Freud estivesse correto, a vontade que o eu moral tem de dormir (esgotamento energético) para repor o equilíbrio das representações,ciclicamente perturbado, significaria que a instância auto-cultivada de nosso Ser é impotente e escrava justamente dos instintos mais selvagens (os processos primários salvam os secundários, os secundários em nada são uma evolução ou aperfeiçoamento daqueles). Precisa o Ser esgotar-se a todo momento a fim de estar novamente compensado (energizado) e não sucumbir. Ou seja, a homeostase do sistema (acima) é a liberação dos processos primários, não sua inibição. A leitura de ponta-cabeça do cânone freudiano faria infinitamente mais sentido. Ler Schopenhauer e entendê-lo corretamente (às avessas do que entendeu F.) faria infinitamente mais sentido e nos faria economizar tempo do nosso intelectual, ajudando-nos a compreender melhor nós mesmos e nossa Vontade…

1ª TÓPICA, 2ª TÓPICA, 3ª TÓPICA, TÓPICA ANNAFREUDIANA & “TÓPICA INGLESA” OU HETERODOXA (só para citar as MAIS TRADICIONAIS), uma salada irreconciliável: “É claro que não se pensaria em contrapor a esta orientação da Ego psychology uma exposição do que seria a <verdadeira> teoria freudiana do ego: antes nos impressiona a dificuldade em situar numa única linha de pensamento o conjunto das contribuições psicanalíticas para a noção de ego.” “Mas, se a única energia de que dispõe o aparelho psíquico é a energia interna proveniente das pulsões, aquela de que o ego poderia dispor não pode deixar de ser secundária, derivada do id. Esta solução, que é a mais geralmente admitida por Freud, não podia deixar de conduzir à hipótese de uma <dessexualização> da libido, hipótese da qual se pode pensar que apenas localiza numa noção, por sua vez também problemática, uma dificuldade da doutrina.” “A idéia de uma gênese do ego é cheia de ambigüidades, que aliás foram mantidas por Freud ao longo de toda a sua obra e que só se agravaram com o modelo proposto em Além do princípio do prazer

ego ideal ou eu ideal

Derivado do estágio narcísico, representa o supra-sumo da concepção de um eu perfeito. Sensação de onipotência. Psicose.

O ego ideal é ainda revelado por admirações apaixonadas por grandes personagens da história ou da vida contemporânea, caracterizados pela independência, orgulho, autoridade. Quando o tratamento progride, o ego ideal se delineia, emerge como uma formação irredutível ao supereu.” Lagache, La psychanalyse et la structure de la personnalité

ego, ideal do ou superego

Instância da moral.

Ego Psychology (Psicologia do eu)

foi a Ego Psychology que serviu de grande referência doutrinal, na segunda metade do século, para análises intermináveis e cronometradas, imobilizadas no silêncio, reservadas à burguesia urbana rica e praticadas por médicos preocupados com o prestígio social e a rentabilidade financeira. Essa técnica psicanalítica, aliás, seria violentamente criticada, no interior da própria IPA.”

PAÍS DE RETARDADOS: “As diferentes correntes desse freudismo norte-americano, quaisquer que sejam suas (numerosas) variações são quase sempre perpassadas por uma religião da felicidade e da saúde, contrária tanto à concepção vienense do mal-estar da Kultur quanto ao recentramento kleiniano do sujeito numa pura realidade psíquica, ou à visão lacaniana do freudismo como uma peste subversiva. Aliás, é em razão dessa contradição radical entre as interpretações européias e norte-americanas da psicanálise que o kleinismo, o lacanismo e o freudismo <original> (vienense e alemão) não puderam implantar-se como tais nos Estados Unidos. Quanto aos partidários da <esquerda freudiana> (em torno de Otto Fenichel), foram obrigados a renunciar a suas atividades porque elas eram julgadas <subversivas> no solo norte-americano. Depois de sofrerem os ataques do macarthismo, eles tiveram de se medicalizar, recalcar seu passado europeu e se transformar em técnicos da adaptação. Daí a ortodoxia burocrática que acabaria por desacreditar a imagem do psicanalista e deixar o campo livre à supremacia dos laboratórios farmacêuticos, fornecedores de <pílulas da felicidade>, ou às diversas terapias da New Age — tratamentos xamanísticos e experiências de espiritismo, vidência ou telepatia.”

Hartmann introduziu uma distinção entre o eu (ego), como instância psíquica, e o si mesmo (self), tomado no sentido da personalidade ou da própria pessoa. Esse termo seria retomado por Winnicott, que lhe acrescentaria uma referência fenomenológica, e por Kohut, que o transformaria numa instância específica, a única apta a explicar os distúrbios narcísicos.” “o terapeuta do ego deve ocupar o lugar do eu <forte> com o qual o paciente quer se parecer a fim de conquistar a autonomia do eu.”

BIBLIOGRAFIA SUGERIDA:

Heinz Hartmann,