Neurosis superadmin 5 de October de 2023


In neurosis, the psyche of the person is presented with a suffering structure. If masochism is the pleasure of suffering (domination or cruelty), in neurosis we also appreciate sadism, which is the pleasure of inflicting suffering (S&M). Therefore, to hurt and to be hurt, to give pleasure and to receive it, become the same. It is therefore a self-sufficient fusion. Therefore, the person remains abstracted, isolated in his own world (even from himself), trapped in a secret prison, autarchic, that goes his own way. A sterile suffering in which everything matters a lot in the same measure in which nothing matters. The therapeutic work allows the person to return to his own life.

"It's funny, don't you think? We'll offer a bunch of cats that don't represent any threat to us, but nevertheless we'll breed these creatures with dedication".

John Wyndham in "The Midwich Cuckoos"

Wolfgang Giegerich accurately states what the healing process is like: “We should not try to get out of our neurosis, because this attempt is the neurosis itself. It is the attempt to escape the Truth. Instead, we should take our neuroses very seriously, with all their contradictions, and bring them to their own conclusion, where neurosis would end up overcoming itself. The neurosis has all it needs -in order to become truth- within itself. In truth, the neurosis is already the truth itself, but in the form of its rejection, in the way it tries to avoid it. The truth is inescapable.”

In Working with dreams, he continues: “Patients, as patients, need to be wounded by their own truth. That is why they are in therapy. And truth is wrong. Therapy is about truth; about patients discovering the truth about themselves. In neurosis, the person is seized by self-denial. He lives, but as if he did not live. The suffering it causes is enormous. Let us therefore focus on therapeutic work.