The mental effects of paedocircumcision underlie the invention of psychoanalysis
A sensorial deficit promotes the overdevelopment of abstract reasoning and disposes to theorizing, generalizing and fantasising. It favours the development of a guessing attitude that aims to replace the missing information and inclines to confabulation. It directs the interest toward the lost yet still vaguely felt facets of reality and inclines to conceiving believable simplifications. The sensorial deficit draws the thought toward what is unobvious, hidden and tends to create a parallel realm in the perception. At the same time the unknown is instinctively approached with apprehension thus the substituted information in the perception invokes mixed feelings. The mental effects of circumcision tend to overstate sexuality and to produce ambiguous attitude toward it.
An erogenous deficiency causes sexual dissatisfaction combined with apprehension. It tends to focus on sexuality and to overrate it. In an atheistic mind-set the erogenous deficiency cannot find an outlet in dreams of sensual paradise but could motivate scientific interest in hidden aspects of sexuality instead. In the meantime the erogenous dissatisfaction provokes an apprehensive disposition to sexuality. It is a perfect stimulus to assume the central role of the sex-drive in people’s motivation and to develop negative attitude to them.
The limitation that any sensorial deficiency imposes cannot be directly experienced. The subject suffering the deficiency is likely to perceive it circuitously as an indistinct sensation or as a group of related feelings that are about to surface but never take any definite shape. The elusiveness of the overrated feelings disposes the sufferer to assume that there exists a large and secret container where the complexes of vague feelings such as the unconscious mind must be hiding. Correspondingly, the exaggeration of the hidden feelings brings about the development of a powerful ability for their suppression. In such a general way the mental effects of circumcision predispose a psychologist to attribute great depth to the unconscious, to overestimate sexual-drive and the psychological repression.[i] And thus is exactly what Freud did, it seems.
The sensorial deficiency caused by circumcision had stimulated the development of Freud’s conceptual reasoning. We have good reasons to believe that the erotic character of the deficit preoccupied him with sexual thoughts, disposed him to overemphasize sexual drive and to theorize on it.
The elusiveness of the allegedly strong oedipal feelings forced Freud to extend and popularize the concept of the unconscious, to infest it with suppressed sexual desires and to propose the existence of an equally strong clandestine mechanism of psychological repression that keeps them from surfacing. The obscurity of the allegedly strong oedipal feelings also prompted him to situate their origin in the lost to memory early childhood. By doing so he replaced his psycho-emotional deficit with believes. He confabulated, a propensity stimulated by any sensorial deficit. This confabulation[ii] charged the early childhood with undue sexuality and forced him to presume existence of the oedipal feelings. The idea of a strong sexual drive in children required an early formation of sexuality. This crystalized in his concept of psychosexual development[iii] that ends as early as at the age of 6, which became central to Freudian psychoanalytic theory. The strong repression of the oedipal feelings he attributed to fear of castration therefore the Circumcision syndrome also facilitated invention of the castration anxiety.[iv]
The exaggerated sexuality Freud generalized as pleasure principle[v] whereby libido plays the dominant role. The reduced erogenous sensitivity and the ensuing redirection of sexual impulses that he experienced due to circumcision harmonized with the idea that sexuality is easily controlled and must have played a helpful role in coming up with the concept of the psychological repression. The strong psychological repression motivated the conception of the reality principle,[vi] and of the Superego[vii] that subdue the pleasure principle. The balance of the two opposing principles became the behavioural basis in Freudian psychology.[viii]
The sensorial deficit imposed by circumcision fosters development of associative reasoning which has found its expression in Freudian psychoanalysis as methods of free associations.[xi] The parallel sensual realm that circumcision inserts in the perception has stimulated development of dreams interpretation[x] whereby it is assumed that dreams are motivated by gratification. The vagueness and improvability of all of the mental processes that psychoanalysis deals with made Freud define the whole subject as a syndrome, i.e. as a group of symptoms that operate at unconscious level.
The circumcision-caused erogenous deficit produces sexual frustration and naturally overemphasizes importance of sexual drive on which Freudian psychology is based. More specifically, the invention of Freudian psychology is motivated by sexual dissatisfaction of men. For that reason it is natural to it to hyperbolize the role of the male genitalia. The inadequate attitude toward male genitalia and exaggeration of their role in psychosexual development of both sexes seem to be the main issues that underlie the conception of the castration anxiety in boys and of penis envy in girls[xi] hence to form the core of psychoanalysis. The overestimation of the role of male genitalia in psychosexual development naturally resulted in underestimation of the role of female genitalia and gave the psychoanalysis the status of a male sexist theory.
The long-term psychological effects of circumcision seem to precondition the central principles of psychoanalysis that may spontaneously construct in the mind of the circumcised psychologist. It seems perfectly possible that the erogenous sensitivity inflicted by circumcision underlies the invention of psychoanalysis. Perhaps it is not accident that Freud’s theory emerged from treating a desensitized patient.[xii]
|Characteristics of the circumcision-caused deficiencies, their mental effects and their analogous basic concepts in freudian psychoanalysis|
|CIRCUMCISION-CAUSED DEFICIENCIES||RESULTANT MENTAL DISPOSITIONS||ANALOGOUS PSYCHOANALYTICAL NOTIONS|
|informational gap||conceptual reasoning, inclination to theorize||speculative nature of the psychoanalytic theory|
|elusiveness of the deficiency||associative reasoning filling the informational gap, falsification of perception and of memories, indirect perception of the deficiency, mythmaking, confabulation, apprehensive attitude||methods of free associations and of interpretation of dreams, overrating importance of events in early childhood, charging it with undue drives and fears, unconscious defence mechanisms that falsify reality|
|lack of informational feedback||lack of self-regulation, replacement of sensorial information, feeling of existence of alternative reality full of the missing information||far-fetchedness psychoanalytic theory, speculativeness and over-simplicity of its basic principles, vagueness and omnipotence of the unconscious|
|pleasure deficit||dissatisfaction||pleasure principle|
|erogenous character of the deficiency||chronic disaffection, overrating sexual drive, estrangement, cynicism, sensual deficit, sexual dissatisfaction, alienation of emotion and mind, incomplete gratification, jealousy, obsession with sexuality, feeling of existence of an alternative reality of sexual gratification||sex-driven psychology of selfish motivation, infesting the unconscious with lustful desires, sexual desire for the mother, pleasure principle with central role of libido, purely sexual content of dreams and motivation of associations, conflicts between conscious and unconscious, hate for the father, Oedipus conflict, Castration anxiety, penis envy|
|male character of the erogenous deficiency||inadequate and exaggerated role of male genitalia in psychosexual development||castration anxiety in boys, |
penis envy in girls
|elusiveness of the erogenous deficiency||sex-related confabulations;|
mixed feelings about sexuality, apprehensive, ambiguous and distrustful defensive / protective attitude toward it
|overrating child sexuality, early psychosexual development ending at the age of 6, Oedipus complex, castration anxiety; paramount importance combined with aggressiveness and destructiveness of sexual drive, its equivocal evaluation as a necessary evil, usefulness of the castration anxiety, anti-sex moral of psychoanalysis|
|physically supressed sexual sensitivity||automatic redirection of sexual impulses easily attributable to self-control, moralization||reality principle, psychological repression, Superego, necessity of sexual taboos|
|lack of preputial sensitivity||lack of self-awareness for the effects of circumcision||purely symbolic meaning of circumcision and omission of its psychological effects|
Freudian psychoanalysis as a psychological projection of paedocircumcision
Sigmund Freud attributed his erotic deficit to external and unverifiable causes from the past because his erogenous deficiency forced him to confabulate. The proposed here motivation of Freud to develop psychoanalysis suggests that he exercised a circumcision-induced psychological projection.[xiii] He blamed his dissatisfaction on others. Psychoanalytic theory dispersed the distressing thoughts of his deficiency and reshaped the unacceptable suspicion into acceptable concepts. Psychoanalysis was Freud’s method to distort and falsify reality in order to reduce the distress of the circumcision-caused erogenous deficiency he experienced. Psychoanalysis was his way to alleviate his circumcision anxiety. Or in psychoanalytical terms psychoanalysis was his unconscious psychological defence mechanism[xiv] to cope with the long-term consequences of circumcision.
Freudian psychology proves to be a phantom prepuce theory.[xv] And this only increases its worth. The time of the origin of sexual frustration in the early childhood that it gives confirms this. Albeit overextended, many of its conjectures ring true because prepuce is the most erogenous part of the everlasting human anatomy.[xvi][xvii]