Download PDF by Brett Kahr: Exhibitionism: Ideas in Psychoanalysis

By Brett Kahr

Rules in Psychoanalysis is a sequence of essays which clarify psychoanalytical thoughts, their relevance to daily life and their skill to light up the character of human society and tradition. each person desires to be recognized for quarter-hour. From Tracey Emin's mattress to important Brother, displaying oneself in public is a mass-market phenomenon. For Freud exhibitionism is a legacy of childish sexuality, a necessary act within the structure of (male) self-recognition: examine me - i am genuine! however it is a symptom of neurosis too - a panic assault within the face of identification difficulty.

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61 EXHIBITIONISM Exhibitionism forms a very substantial part of adolescent subculture as well, evidenced by the penchant for ‘streaking’, and ‘mooning’ (displaying one’s buttocks through a car window, for example), which one encounters frequently as part of football hooliganism. Anyone walking through London’s West End on a Friday night or Saturday night would have to be visually impaired not to notice the profusion of drunken men urinating against the sides of buildings. 118 The male peacock exhibits himself most of all, with his resplendently phallic tail, designed to attract the female of the species.

38 Some 63 per cent of these serious sexual offences occurred after the episode of indecent exposure, suggesting that many perpetrators do become more overtly dangerous with the passing of time. As many as 75 per cent had committed other 29 EXHIBITIONISM offences apart from indecent exposure, totalling more than 2,000 separate convictions, which included arson, attempted murder, breach of the peace, criminal damage, major assault, minor assault, property offences and robbery. Helpfully, Sugarman and colleagues reported that those flashers who had only exposed once proved less likely to re-offend in more serious ways, whereas those flashers who either touched their victims, spoke to their victims, pursued their victims or masturbated whilst exposing would be at higher risk for committing serious crimes later on.

109 The work of Estela Welldon has confirmed once and for all that exhibitionism, though perhaps more widespread among male patients, can never be the exclusive domain of men, and that women will also display sexual perversions, including exhibitionistic 57 EXHIBITIONISM perversions. Furthermore, Dr Welldon’s clinical researches demonstrate the widespread incidence of abuse and molestation in the backgrounds of so many forensic, perverse individuals. Psychotherapeutic Treatment In terms of treatment and rehabilitation, the many generations of psychotherapists and psychoanalysts have made great strides in providing psychologically orientated opportunities for exhibitionistic patients to receive help.

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