By Charles Rycroft
Charles Rycroft's "Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis" is a longtime reference paintings offering transparent definitions and demanding discussions of the technical phrases utilized in psychoanalysis. 'An exact and witty consultant to the which means of psychoanalytic phrases ...[it] additionally explains some of the controversies that have disfigured the psychoanalytic stream and that are this kind of puzzle to these outdoor it. For an individual curious about psychoanalysis and its offshoots this can be an vital booklet' - Anthony Storr.
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Nd heteronomy Piaget's distinction between the heteronomy of infants and autonomy of adults is made in psycho- II Autoplastie adaptation analysis by the contrast between infantile dependence and adult independence. Neurotic dependence is a condition in which an autonomous adult imagines himself to be heteronomous. 'Autonomy v. shame and dOl/bt' is Erikson's (I963) term for the second of his eight stages of man. It corresponds approximately to the anal stage of dassical theory, sphincter-control marking the achievement of autonomy.
Compulsive symptoms are characteristic of obsessional neurosis. e. they correspond to thoughts and wishes which the patient rejects as incompatible with his self-image, or they are a means of keeping such forbidden thoughts out of mind. Compulsive phenomena can be thought of as either duc to failure of repression or as an indication of alienation, since the element of drive in them bctokens sorne force secking expression while the clement of involuntariness indicates that the subject fails to recognize them as part of himself The opposites of 'compulsive' are 'frec', 'voluntary', 'spontaneous', and 'ego-syntonie'.
Remembering, forgetting, and (perhaps) introspection. e. they assume either that the subjective data can be eXplained as the resuIt of the activity of objectifiable impersonal forces or that non-Iocalizable, temporally organized events can be formulated in terms of a fictitious, space-occupying structure. Conceptualization The process of deriving concepts from observations, of formulating general statements. A popular tenn, the virtue of which is that it enables its user to avoid choosing between formulation, generalization, abstraction, and thought.
A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, Second Edition by Charles Rycroft