By Masud Khan
Perversions and borderline states have been, accidentally of destiny, Masud Khan's leader preoccupation in his scientific paintings over the last 3 a long time of his lifestyles. In an previous quantity, The privateness of the Self, he provided what he known as the average and personal crystallization of his adventure together with his sufferers and lecturers; significantly, within the latter classification, Anna Freud, John Rickman and D.W. Winnicott. during this later booklet he is taking his cue from Freud who, as he says, clinically determined the disorder of Western Judaeo-Christian cultures when it comes to "the individual alienated from himself".
Masud Khan's uncomplicated argument, succinctly acknowledged in his Preface, is that "the pervert places an impersonal item among his wish and his partner. This item could be a stereotype myth, a machine or a pornographic photo. All 3 alienate the pervert from himself, as, sadly, from the item of desire".
With its wealth of medical and theoretical insights, Masud Khan's Alienation in Perversions makes an immense contribution to our knowing of perversion formation. Its impact extends a ways past the personal self-discipline of psychoanalysis, for the topic explored is one that happens broadly in smooth lifestyles and literature. The concluding bankruptcy on pornography makes the purpose tellingly.
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Hence they teach the object how to become the ideal comforter. H o w compelling is the challenge and appeal of this offer of relationship for people in society is evidenced by the fact that these patients have a singular facility in finding accom plices. T h e y hopefully tantalize others into collusion and then fail them. I n their subjectivity it is, of course, others who always fail them. T h e irony of these relationships is that what is basically being sought is neither erotic nor libidinal satisfaction.
However it was only through the transference and analytic work that it became possible to relate them to the infantile neurosis of these patients. I n content these polymorph-perverse body-experiences comprised libidinal regression to pregenital forms of foreplay and sexual intercourse. Apart from fellatio and cunnilingus, there was a craving for anal intercourse with a person of the opposite sex. These body intimacies created a mild state of euphoria while they lasted. Touching, licking and 'devouring with eager eyes' played a large part i n the foreplay.
I t often transpired that the men felt completely identified with the body of the female partner and experienced all her 'sensations'. Some of the oral and tongue play was aimed at establishing this primary body-fusion with the partner. E v e n though they were able to perform genitally, they had no pleasurable body-sense of their own organ (Glauber, 1949), These intimacies were precipitated by a mood of high tension, 35 ALIENATION IN PERVERSIONS apathy or restlessness. T h e enactment of the body-intimacies left them jaded, disoriented and they lost emotional contact with the partner.