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Images Donate icon An illustration of a heart shape Donate Ellipses icon An illustration of text ellipses. Authorized English Translation with Introduction by A. Prof, of Psychiatry, N. They repre- sent my first efforts to apply view-points and re- sults of psychoanalysis to unexplained problems of racial psychology.
In method this book con- trasts with that of W. Wundt and the works of the Zurich Psychoanalytic School. The former tries to accomplish the same object through as- sumptions and procedures from non-analytic psychology, while the latter follow the opposite course and strive to settle problems of individual psychology by referring to material of racial psychology.
I am fully aware of the shortcomings in these essays. I shall not touch upon those which are characteristic of first efforts at investigation. The four essays which are here collected will be of interest to a wide circle of educated peo- ple, but they can only be thoroughly understood and judged by those who are really acquainted with psychoanalysis as such.
It is hoped that they may serve as a bond between students of ethnology, philology, folklore and of the allied sciences, and psychoanalysts; they cannot, how- ever, supply both groups the entire requisites for such cooperation.
They will not furnish the former with sufficient insight into the new psychological technique, nor will the psycho- analysts acquire through them an adequate com- mand over the material to be elaborated.
Both groups will have to content themselves with what- ever attention they can stimulate here and there and with the hope that frequent meetings be- tween them will not remain unproductive for sci- ence. The two principle themes, totem and taboo, which gave the name to this small book are not treated alike here. The problem of taboo is pre- sented more exhaustively, and the effort to solve it is approached with perfect confidence.
The investigation of totemism may be modestly ex- pressed as : "This is all that psychoanalytic study can contribute at present to the elucidation of the problem of totemism.
To be sure, it is negatively conceived and directed to different contents, but according to its psychological na- ture, it is still nothing else than Kant's "Cate- gorical Imperative,' ' which tends to act compul- sively and rejects all conscious motivations. On the other hand, totemism is a religio-social insti- tution which is alien to our present feelings ; it has long been abandoned and replaced by new forms.
In the religions, morals, and customs of the civilized races of today it has left only slight traces, and even among those races where it is still retained, it has had to undergo great changes.
The social and material progress of the history of mankind could obviously change taboo much less than totemism. In this book the attempt is ventured to find the original meaning of totemism through its infan- tile traces, that is, through the indications in which it reappears in the development of our own children.
The close connection between totem and taboo indicates the further paths to the hypothesis maintained here. And although this hypothesis leads to somewhat improbable con- clusions, there is no reason for rejecting the pos- sibility that it comes more or less near to the reality which is so hard to reconstruct. Beginning with the observation of hysteria and the other neu- roses 2 Professor Freud gradually extended his investigations to normal psychology and evolved new concepts and new methods of study.
The neurotic symptoms were no longer imaginary troubles the nature of which one could not grasp, but were conceived as mental and emotional mal- adjustments to one's environment. The stamp of degeneracy impressed upon neurotics by other schools of medicine was altogether eradicated.
Deeper investigation showed conclusively that a person might become neurotic if subjected to cer- tain environments, and that there was no definite dividing line between normal and abnormal. The hysterical symptoms, obsessions, doubts, phobias, as well as hallucinations of the insane, show the same mechanisms as those similar psy- i"The History of the Psychoanalytic Movement," translated by A.
Nervous and Mental Disease Monograph Series. Monograph Series. The dream, always highly valued by the populace, and as much despised by the edu- cated classes, has a definite structure and mean- ing when subjected to analysis.
Professor Freud's monumental work, The Interpretation of Dreams, 4 marked a new epoch in the history of mental science. One might use the same words in reference to his profound analysis of wit. The slip of the tongue shows that on account of unconscious inhibitions the individual concerned is unable to express his true thoughts ; the dream is a distorted or plain expression of those wishes which are prohibited in the waking states, and the witticism, owing to its veiled or indirect way of expression, enables the individual to obtain pleasure from forbidden sources.
Fisher Unwin, London, and the Macmillan Co. Moffat, Yard and Co. The aforementioned psychic formations are therefore nothing but manifestations of the struggle with reality, the constant effort to ad- just one's primitive feelings to the demands of civilization. In spite of all later development the individual retains all his infantile psychic struc- tures. Nothing is lost; the infantile wishes and primitive impulses can always be demonstrated in the grown up and on occasion can be brought back to the surface.
In his dreams the normal person is constantly reviving his childhood, and the neurotic or psychotic individual merges back into a sort of psychic infantilism through his mor- bid productions.
The unconscious mental activ- ity which is made up of repressed infantile mate- rial forever strives to express itself. Whenever the individual finds it impossible to dominate the difficulties of the world of realitv there is a re- gression to the infantile, and psychic disturbances ensue which are conceived as peculiar thoughts and acts.
Thus the civilized adult is the result of his childhood or the sum total of his early im- pressions; psychoanalysis thus confirms the old saying: The child is father to the man. There were many indications that the childhood of the individual showed a marked resemblance to the primitive history or the childhood of races. The knowledge gained from dream analysis and phantasies, 6 when applied to the productions of racial phantasies, like myths and fairy tales, seemed to indicate that the first impulse to form myths was due to the same emotional strivings which produced dreams, fancies and symptoms.
I take great pleasure in acknowledging my indebtedness to Mr. Alfred B. Kuttner for the invaluable assistance he rendered in the transla- tion of this work. Moreover, in a certain sense he is still our contemporary : there are people whom we still consider more closely related to primitive man than to ourselves, in whom we therefore recognize the direct descendants and representa- tives of earlier man.
We can thus judge the so-called savage and semi-savage races; their psychic life assumes a peculiar interest for us, for we can recognize in their psychic life a well-pre- served, early stage of our own development. For outer as well as for inner reasons, I am choosing for this comparison those tribes which have been described by ethnographists as being most backward and wretched: the aborigines of the youngest continent, namely Australia, whose fauna has also preserved for us so much that is archaic and no longer to be found elsewhere.
The aborigines of Australia are looked upon as a peculiar race which shows neither physical nor linguistic relationship with its nearest neigh- bors, the Melanesian, Polynesian and Malayan races.
They do not build houses or permanent huts; they do not cultivate the soil or keep any domestic animals except dogs; and they do not even know the art of pottery. They live exclu- sively on the flesh of all sorts of animals which they kill in the chase, and on the roots which they dig. Kings or chieftains are unknown among them, and all communal affairs are decided by the elders in assembly.
It is quite doubtful whether they evince any traces of religion in the form of worship of higher beings. We surely would not expect that these poor, naked cannibals should be moral in their sex life according to our ideas, or that they should have imposed a high degree of restriction upon their sexual impulses. And yet we learn that they have considered it their duty to exercise the most searching care and the most painful rigor in guarding against incestuous sexual relations.
In fact their whole social organization seems to serve this object or to have been brought into re- lation with its attainment.
Among the Australians the system of Totem- ism takes the place of all religious and social in- stitutions. Australian tribes are divided into smaller septs or clans, each taking the name of its totem. Now what is a totem? As a rule it is an animal, either edible and harmless, or danger- ous and feared; more rarely the totem is a plant or a force of nature rain, water , which stands in a peculiar relation to the whole clan. The totem is first of all the tribal ancestor of the clan, as well as its tutelary spirit and protector; it sends oracles and, though otherwise dangerous, the totem knows and spares its children.
Any violation of these prohibi- tions is automatically punished. The character of a totem is inherent not only in a single animal or a single being but in all the members of the species.
From time to time festivals are held at which the members of a totem represent or imitate, in ceremonial dances, the movements and characteristics of their totems. The totem is hereditary either through the ma- ternal or the paternal line; maternal transmis- sion probably always preceded and was only later supplanted by the paternal.
The attachment to a totem is the foundation of all the social obliga- tions of an Australian : it extends on the one hand beyond the tribal relationship, and on the other hand it supersedes consanguinous relationship. Long, in The subject has gradually acquired great scientific interest and has called forth a copious literature. I refer especially to "Totemism and Exogamy" by J. Frazer, 4 vols. Almost every- where the totem prevails there also exists the and articles of Andrew Lang "The Secret of Totem," The credit for having recognized the significance of totemism for the ancient history of man belongs to the Scotchman, J.
Exterior to Aus- tralia, totemic institutions were found and are still observed among North American Indians, as well as among the races of the Polynesian Islands group, in East India, and in a large part of Africa. Many traces and survivals otherwise hard to interpret lead to the conclusion that totemism also once existed among the aboriginal Aryan and Semitic races of Europe, so that many in- vestigators are inclined to recognize in totemism a necessary phase of human development through which every race has passed.
How then did prehistoric man come to acquire a totem; that is, how did he come to make his descent from this or that animal foundation of his social duties and, as we shall hear, of his sexual restrictions as well? Many different theories have been advanced to explain this, a review of which the reader may find in Wundt's "Volkerpsychologie" Vol. II, Mythus und Religion. I promise soon to make the problem of totemism a subject of special study in which an effort will be made to solve it by apply- ing the psychoanalytic method.
The fourth chapter of this work, Not only is the theory of totemism controversial, but the very facts concerning it are hardly to be expressed in such general statements as were attempted above. There is hardly an asser- tion to which one would not have to add exceptions and contra- dictions. But it must not be forgotten that even the most prim- itive and conservative races are, in a certain sense, old, and have a long period behind them during which whatsoever was aborig- inal with them has undergone much development and distortion.
Thus among those races who still evince it, we find totemism to- day in the most manifold states of decay and disintegration; we observe that fragments of it have passed over to other social and religious institutions; or it may exist in fixed forms but far re- moved from its original nature. The difficulty then consists in the fact that it is not altogether easy to decide what in the actual conditions is to be taken as a faithful copy of the significant past and what is to be considered as a secondary distortion of it.
This represents the exogamy which is associated with the totem. This sternly maintained prohibition is very re- markable. There is nothing to account for it in anything that we have hitherto learned from the conception of the totem or from any of its at- tributes; that is, we do not understand how it happened to enter the system of totemism.
We are therefore not astonished if some investigators simply assume that at first exogamy — both as to its origin and to its meaning— had nothing to do with totemism, but that it was added to it at some time without any deeper association, when marriage restrictions proved necessary.
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Moreover, in a certain sense he is still our contemporary: there are people whom we still consider more closely related to primitive man than to ourselves, in whom we therefore recognize the direct descendants and representatives of earlier man. We can thus judge the so-called savage and semi-savage races; their psychic life assumes a peculiar interest for us, for we can recognize in their psychic life a well-preserved, early stage of our own development. For outer as well as for inner reasons, I am choosing for this comparison those tribes which have been described by ethnographists as being most backward and wretched: the aborigines of the youngest continent, namely Australia, whose fauna has also preserved for us so much that is archaic and no longer to be found elsewhere. The aborigines of Australia are looked upon as a peculiar race which shows neither physical nor linguistic relationship with its nearest neighbours, the Melanesian, Polynesian and Malayan races. They do not build houses or permanent huts; they do not cultivate the soil or keep any domestic animals except dogs; and they do not even know the art of pottery.
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Totem and taboo PDF Book book 1919 by Sigmund Freud
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