The Promiscuity Papers ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Matjaž Regovec

The Promiscuity Papers

Fisher King Press
Publication date: April 2012
ISBN: 9781926715384
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In The Promiscuity Papers, archetypal roots of promiscuity are explored. In classical Greek and Roman mythology some promiscuous father figures may be found viz. Chronos (Saturn), and Zeus (Jupiter). Another form of Saturnian promiscuous dynamic is explored in the mythological figures of Oedipus and Antigone. This is followed by presentation of a case history. Ines, a woman in her early thirties, enters analysis because she would like to solve the recurring problem of her unsuitable partnerships - partners who are predominantly promiscuous. Her father was psychotically disturbed and Ines was the family member who offered support to him. Psychotherapy started with two sessions weekly. Within the transference, there appear two figures. One a 'positive father,' and the other as 'all-knowing.' The latter may be compared with the mythological figure of Oedipus, whose intelligence was exceptional, being demonstrated in his redemption of Thebes from the Sphinx. All the same, Oedipus suffered from a promiscuously incestuous relationship with his mother Iocaste. During old age, when he was expelled, and accompanied by his faithful daughter Antigone, Oedipus was most probably psychotic. In the analysis, Ines has decided, after 200 hours of analysis, to reduce her sessions to once a week. The problem of analytic interpretation is described, as well as the effects of interpretation (when it finally takes place) that it had on the analytic relationship and analytic process. The intimate and important link between promiscuity and incest is also explored, promiscuous actualizing the incestuous. Promiscuity is a manifest sexual activity with the unknown other. Promiscuity can also be considered as a defense against paranoia.
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