Neurosis
A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist.
Sigmund Freud

Neurosis[i] is a broad term for an abnormal condition of the nervous system. Originally neurosis signified disorders in the functioning of the nervous system that lack obvious physiological cause. Neurotic disorders indicate the existence of an inner injury that is rendered evident by its effects on mentality. The term neurosis is especially appropriate for psychology that deals with the invisible spiritual interior. The simplistic view of psychology to regard individuals as born equal requires that the cause of psychoneurosis is some stressful experience. Fear of castration, for instance, could be the invisible basis of neuroses.

Most generally a neurotic disorder is the inability to adapt, to change and to feel satisfied. Any physical injury damages the corresponding part of the nervous system, causes dissatisfaction, reduces adaptational ability and tends to produce neuroses. The modern definition of neurosis is wider and also includes physically induced dysfunctions of the nervous system. Thus it is normal for the amputation of a limb at an early age to seriously alter mentality and eventually to lead to the formation of a psychological complex.[ii] 

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3 Responses to Circumcision Neuroses

  1. mikerol says:

    Although circumcision indeed cuts off thousands of nerves and desensitizes and is severely traumatic and creates a castration complex of the most severe kind, the consequences enumerated here can also be found amomg the uncircumcised. Other factors, subsequent to the circumcision play a major role in the formation of neurosis and perversions – the relationship to the parents, the general social prohibitions and permissions regarding sexual actitivity. To overstate the case as is done here, does not help the cause of eliminating this brutal practice. http://analytic-comments.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-circumcision-debate-links-and.html

  2. The Circumcision Complex The Circumcision Complex says:

    Thank you mikerol for your comment,
    We aim to elucidate that circumcision has profound effects on mentality and hence on history and culture, which makes it so controversial. We show that some of the mental effects of circumcision coincide with those of the castration complex, a thesis not discussed elsewhere. We do not imply that naturals are immunized against castration anxiety but we maintain that circumcision increases its prevalence.
    Most importantly, we pay special attention to those subtle long-term mental effects of circumcision that are unrelated to castration complex and are generally unrecognized. We do not intend to overdramatize the issue; it is dramatic enough as it is, if one sees it in historic perspective. On the one hand it is difficult for us to know whether we overstate some aspects of such a multifaceted topic or not. On the other hand even an exaggeration of a totally neglected problem may help its resolution.
    Circumcision outlines tendencies. Some of them automatically reproduce it. For instance, circumcision facilitates religiousness and clannishness, and religion imposes it. Only recognition of these tendencies can help mitigate or eliminate them in a safe way.
    A vicious circle can be peacefully broken only by understanding it and from the inside. The brutal practice can be voluntarily discontinued only by parents who realize that circumcision is the source of their own dissatisfactions and prejudices.

  3. Papua Papua says:

    @ mikerol
    A few months ago I also thought that maybe this site overstates some issues. Since then I thought and read much materials including yours. Now I think that it rather understates the issue.
    Congratulations for your blog. Such discussions are really needed right now.

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