The symptoms of circumcision neurosis may occur without circumcision. The natural state of one’s genitalia does not certify he is free from anxieties. Naturals are not immunized against circumcision neuroses and castration anxiety. Those of them who have a fearful disposition by birth or have experienced severe sexual suppression can develop the symptoms of circumcision neurosis including castration anxiety. They were born spiritually circumcised or have been circumcised in mind afterwards.
As symptoms of castration anxiety may develop without the fear of castration so may the symptoms of circumcision neurosis develop without circumcision depending on the inborn sensitivity of the individual and on the severity of the frustrations imposed on him. The sexually restrictive religious moral that is typical of the circumcising religions produces and spreads circumcision and castration anxieties independently from circumcision and castration that they may or may not impose.
Circumcision is not everything
Remember, your circumcision does not guarantee that you are going to develop the clear-cut characteristics of any particular circumcision neurosis. Nor it implies that you are a genius or an extremist. People have different congenital potentials that unfold according to their experience. Individual development and environment also matter. Circumcision outlines psychological tendencies. The Circumcision complex bestows mental dispositions that only rarely reach the extremes. Usually circumcision neuroses are socially utilized and are incorporated in the ethnic and religious stereotypes. Circumcision complex, however, increases the prevalence of circumcision and castration anxieties.
Higher types may discharge their neuroses in various ways. They are more likely to develop the spiritual aspects of the neurotic conditions and to utilize them in a constructive and socially beneficial manner. The difficulties in adaptation created by circumcision neurosis may motivate high achievements. Lower types may remain in captivity of the physical dissatisfaction that they are unable to overcome. They are more likely to exhibit the mundane and materialistic material dispositions of the circumcision neuroses and castration anxiety.
Circumcision facilitates the castration anxiety
Even from a conventional point of view circumcision is likely to cause sexual frustration and hence to produce the symptoms attributed to castration anxiety. Our suggestion that the Circumcision complex preconditions the Oedipus complex does not entirely eliminate the possibility that the latter can be induced independently of Circumcision complex but only significantly reduces it.
Circumcision greatly facilitates the forming of the Oedipus complex. For that reason circumcision neuroses may manifest as castration anxieties. The Circumcision complex sets the pattern for the castration complex but does not completely replace it. Castration anxiety may occur without circumcision, but not without the prerequisites of which circumcision is conductive.