By Dan Merkur
All approached psychoanalysis from one or one other mystical viewpoint and emphasised problems with value to mystics. additionally they transformed their scientific strategies based on their mysticism. All conceptualized the paranormal no longer as a regression to earliest infancy that may be neglected for many useful reasons, yet as a developmental line that's significant to human psychology all through existence. They attended to approaches of ego synthesis, individuation, and the mixing or solidarity of the entire psyche. the place Rank and Fromm seemed their mysticism as adjuncts to psychoanalysis, Loewald argued that healing swap consiss accurately of psychic integration. Bion drew also on mystical language to light up elements of an differently traditional perform of scientific psychoanalysis, whereas Grotstein, Symington, and Eigen are presently elaborating the fusion of psychoanalysis and mysticism in unique methods.
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P. 124) Nunberg credited the synthetic function with the ego’s identification with its sexual objects, assimilating the parents to itself in the formation of the superego (pp. 124-25). assimilates alien elements (both from within and from without), and it mediates between opposing elements and even reconciles opposites and sets mental productivity in train” (p. 125). The ego’s infusion with Eros is the vehicle of the psyche’s union: “It is through this alone that free intercourse between all three systems becomes possible, that is to say, that connection, union, reconciliation and adjustment of opposites can take place amongst the psychic trends themselves and between them and the ego” (p.
The sexualization of unconscious thought is coherent, I suggest, as an effect of the compromise function. Wishes that are not sexual are reconciled with wishes that are sexual through the unconscious formulation of compromises. This process of sexualization includes object relations. If “the ultimate goal of libido is the object” (Fairbairn, 1941, p. 31), so that “libido is not primarily pleasure-seeking, but objectseeking” (Fairbairn, 1946, p. 30), then the converse is also true. The same compromise function that directs sexuality toward objects, also invests object relations with sexual meanings (Reisner, 1992, p.
Freud studied philosophy as a young man in the mid 1870s with Franz Brentano (Merlan, 1945, 1949), who had discussed Avicenna’s views in his book The Psychology of Aristotle (Brentano, 1977), which he first published in German in 1867. Freud’s concept of the ego’s synthetic function is properly understood, I suggest, as the synthetic function that consciousness intrinsically is, that the ego cannot do other than to perform. The types of syntheses that the common sense produces involve associations by juxtaposition, which is a type of symbolic relationship that is termed “metonymy” in literary contexts (Merkur, 2001).