Screw the Golden Years #5
Nick Haslam (Psychology in the Bathroom, 2012) wrote …
“Freud first identified the anal character in 1908. In a short paper entitled ‘Character and anal erotism’, he noted a cluster of three traits which has come to be known as the anal triad: orderliness, obstinacy and parsimony. Orderliness referred to conscientiousness, reliability and a concern with cleanliness; obstinacy involved stubbornness, wilfulness and irascibility; and parsimony amounted to a tight and miserly way with money, which, Freud, argued, is often symbolically equated with faeces, especially when it takes the form of gold.”
According to the same source …
“Freud merely sketched the anal character and it was left to two psychoanalytical pioneers, Ernest Jones (1918/1950) and Karl Abraham (1923), to complete the portrait. Were the term not already reserved, we might be tempted to name these three pioneers the ‘anal triad’.”
Karl Abraham (Selected Papers of Karl Abraham M.D., 1927) wrote …
“His free associations gradually led us to the deeper motives for his strange inclination [to see whether any mother-of-pearl buttons were lying in the street]. They showed that he connected the mother-of-pearl of which the buttons were made with the idea of brightness and cleanness, and then of special worth. We had thus arrived at his repressed coprophilic interests. I may remind my readers of [Sándor] Ferenczi’s excellent paper on this subject. In it he shows how the child first takes pleasure in substance that is soft and yielding, then in hard and granular material, and finally in small, solid objects with a clean and shining surface. In the unconscious these objects all remain equivalent to excrement.
“The mother-of-pearl buttons stood, then, for excrement.”
Michael Eigen (The Psychotic Core, 1993, 2004) wrote …
“Jungians, in accord with an ancient tradition, see in the hooped snake a mandala, a symbol of wholeness. The Age of the Circle arose with the spread of mother goddess figures, the centrality of fertility dramas, the barnyard, the farm, and, finally, the city-state. The circle was womb, but more than womb. It heralded the birth of geometric thinking and its decisive epiphany; man’s eventual awareness of mind as such. Geometry pervaded life, from handicraft to a vision of heavenly bodies and the very form of the earth.
“The Age of the Circle (and its partner, the cross) portended the growing geometrization of life out of which we are now beginning to burst. The Industrial (and now Nuclear) Age is perhaps its most recent epiphany, although one that seems bent on spoiling the processes that produced it. What may have begun as the age of the womb appears to be culminating in a journey through the asshole, a possibility encoded in the encircled serpent at the outset. In this regard, a patient once dreamt of an encircled snake trying to disappear head first up its own anus, an apt, if vulgar, image of our present cultural impasse.”