Monthly Archive: February 2014

PAVLOV

by Lida Prypchan An Alternative to Freud The traditional mind-body dualism posited by classical psychology is accepted by psychoanalysis; however, there exists an alternative to this approach that is presented by the Russian biologist Pavlov, who rejected the independence of psychic contents regarding vegetative functions and strove to overcome this contradiction through his theory of …

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FEMALE SEXUALITY, A SOCIAL ISSUE

by Lida Prypchan   An understanding of female sexuality cannot be achieved by the anatomical observation of women.  It must be viewed in the light of social reality.   The most authentic and solid form of human participation in society is through productive work.  If we examine the level of women’s participation in productive work …

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A MAN IN WHITE

by: Lida Prypchan Man spends his days chasing after balls or hares, and that is the pleasure even of kings.  (Pascal) If we analyzed everyday life with more objectivity, we would discover that there are many simple pleasures we don’t take into account when we weigh pleasant things against pain.  Simple pleasures such as being …

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In the Limelight (The Great Slap) – CONVERSION HYSTERIA

by Lida Prypchan A malady which varies according to the subjective symptoms of the patient; very difficult to characterize, each case is unique with quite individual and variable symptoms. A lady who used to like to move house every year would make friends with the neighbors – whom until then she had ignored – on …

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IS FRIGIDITY CURABLE?

by Lida Prypchan When I think of frigidity I am reminded of a French writer more well-known for her love affairs with great men of her century than for her literary pursuits. I am referring to George Sand, the Frenchwoman who adopted a man’s name, dressed like a man and smoked like a man. Also …

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The Oedipus Complex and Emotional Instability

by: Lida Prypchan “KNOW THYSELF” In 1897 Freud began what can be considered the most heroic act of his life – the psychoanalysis of his own subconscious. The ancient oracle of Delphi had from ancient times encouraged philosophers and thinking persons to pursue the maxim “Know thyself,” but unconsciously resisting, none of them ever managed …

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The appetite for trivial novelty: INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT?

by: Lida Prypchan People are classified as either introverts or extroverts. This classification is very ambiguous and not particularly practical because a person can be both introverted and extroverted. It’s just that it’s an alternating process: the classification has greater value when we analyze the frequency of the periods when introversion or extroversion occurs. If …

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WILHELM REICH AND THE FUNCTION OF ORGASM

by Lida Prypchan One thing we can say about the life of Wilhelm Reich is that it was troubled.  A photograph I have at hand reveals a man with a penetrating stare, protruding lips, deep wrinkles, and an expression of disillusion.  Maybe it was because the era in which he lived lacked the understanding necessary …

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The Art of Scientific Investigation

by Lida Prypchan Chance Undoubtedly chance has played an important role in scientific discoveries.  Its importance increases when we think about how common failures and frustrations are in research.  Probably most of the discoveries in biology and medicine have been unexpected or at least have had an element of chance, especially the most important and …

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The Feeling of Guilt

By Lida Prypchan There will always be someone who writes about civilization, who criticizes it, who calls it the “Present Shakiness” as J.F. Baena Reyes, who, in his column Lipstick, branded the world in which we move about as a “viscous quagmire of confusion.”  And not without good reason.  We are in the era of neurosis, …

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