By Fadi Abou-Rihan
So much commentators pass judgement on Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus as both a Medusa into whose face psychoanalysis can't yet stare and undergo the main abominable of deaths or a well-intentioned yet completely erroneous flash within the pan. Fadi Abou-Rihan exhibits that, up to it really is an insightful critique of the assimilationist vein in psychoanalysis, Anti-Oedipus continues to be totally devoted to Freud's so much singular discovery of an subconscious that's procedural and dynamic. additionally, Abou-Rihan argues, the anti-oedipal undertaking is a convention the place the technological know-how of the subconscious is made to obey the legislation it attributes to its object.
The final result is little short of the "becoming-unconscious" of psychoanalysis, a changing into that indications neither the repression nor the loss of life of the perform however the transformation of its rules and strategies into these of its item. Abou-Rihan tracks this changing into along Nietzsche, Winnicott, Feynman, Bardi, and Cixous so as to reconfigure hope past the kinds of topic, lack, and tragedy. Firmly grounded in continental philosophy and psychoanalytic perform, this booklet extends the anti-oedipal view at the subconscious in a totally new path.
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In the process, this generation has also surrendered its fate to the double bind that is implicit in the Winnicottian ‘no one is going to tell you how to do it but you’d better do it right; otherwise. ’ attitude. 20 Note, in this regard, the Self Psychologist’s (1) inability to relinquish the ideal, and hence dead, object (the unmediated and gratifying mother); (2) identification with the dead object (psychoanalyst as substitute, but no less legitimate, source of gratification); (3) and thanks to a most efficient instance of reaction formation, sadism metamorphosed into self-deprecation (readiness to assume responsibility for every disruption in the gratification as index of the psychoanalyst’s empathic failure); (4) self-exposure (analysis is the analysis of the countertransference); and (5) narcissism (cure is tantamount to an internalization of the supposedly healthy psychoanalyst).
She does so without being instructed and while being totally unaware of the theory. In fact, for Winnicott, ignorance is bliss here and practice makes anything but perfect: [M]others who have had several children begin to be so good at the technique of mothering that they do all the right things at the right moments, and then the infant who has begun to become separate from the mother has no means of gaining control of all the good things that are going on. . In this way the mother, by being a seemingly good mother, does something worse than castrate the infant.
At this point, the objection may be raised that perhaps it is Eriksonian generativity that lies at the heart of the analytic understanding of health and that biological reproduction may be its most obvious but not necessarily only expression. While that may very well be the case, the fact remains that it is non-reproductive sexuality, with all its variations on the themes of inversion and perversion, rather than a poor or non-existent ‘generativity’ that has been pathologized by much of psychoanalysis.
Deleuze and Guattari: A Psychoanalytic Itinerary by Fadi Abou-Rihan