The Circumcision Syndrome: Obsessions with the Impalpable Pleasure
Circumcision deprives erogenous perception of completeness. It causes a sensorial deficit of sexual experience and suppresses sexuality. Undoubtedly, circumcision causes a moderate sexual frustration and initiates a typical psychological complex. The mental change that ensues from the loss of the foreskin receptors we will refer to as “The Circumcision Complex”.
The Circumcision complex attempts to compensate for the loss of erogenous sensitivity caused by circumcision. It operates at unconscious level and its central theme is the incompleteness of sexual gratification. The earlier in life circumcision is performed the deeper are the layers of subconsciousness that the Circumcision complex stirs and the profounder, more diverse and more disassociated from sexuality its compensations are. And of course, the effect of circumcision is proportional to its degree.
The compensations of the Circumcision complex are charged with emotion as they deal with the primeval and vital sexual function the fulfilment of which is naturally associated with pleasure. The loss of pleasure sensitivity makes one crave for satisfaction and generates obsessive compensations. Circumcision renders part of sexual sensitivity abstract. Accordingly, the Circumcision complex fosters intuitive and abstract reasoning at the expense of sensual perception and concrete reasoning.
The Compensations of the Circumcision Complex: Principal Characteristics
The compensations of the Circumcision Complex are neuropsychological substitutions of an erogenous deficiency. In order to scrutinize them we try to extract their essential characteristics. The differentiation of the basic traits of compensations, however, is a theoretical process. It serves to help us better comprehend compensations but its results are more or less conditional. The artificial separation of a whole leads to similarity of the effects of its parts.
Circumcision causes loss of sexual sensitivity and triggers a psychological transformation that tries to make up for it. The Circumcision complex stems from the incompleteness of sexual and emotional fulfilment. Its compensations replace and redirect powerful sexual energy and are compulsive.
The feeling of sexual dissatisfaction gives a passion for the pursuits that are felt to ease it. The Circumcision complex makes up for an erotic insufficiency. Its compensations substitute and mask the lost pleasure. They are felt as an alleviating or a promising reduction in the displeasure which makes them addictive. They are unconsciously associated with arriving at pleasure and are obsessive.The Circumcision complex shifts the pleasure-giving activities. It compensations involve great personal interest and tend to be overrated and overdramatized.
The compensations of the Circumcision complex like those of any other sensorial deficiency are not directly regulated by experience due to lack of informational feedback, in this case from the foreskin receptors. They are driven by the imperative sexual impulse that they can never fully satisfy. The compensations do not bring the sensual gratification to its natural completion for which the nervous system is prearranged and are pursued irrespective of the result. Consequently, compensatory activities may overdevelop and achieve inordinate perfection bordering on fanaticism.
The absence of self-regulation makes compensations of the Circumcision complex strongly dependable on social environment. This inspires reliance on authorities and leads to obedience, traditionalism, and conservatism. The great dependence on positive social assessment polarizes sympathies and stimulates both love of self-likes and hatred to aliens. It leads to passionate unbending loyalty to common causes, to intolerance to outsiders, doubters or gentiles and consolidates the groups. The psychosocial effects of the lack of self-regulation of compensations are dependence, clannishness, cliquishness, nationalism, radicalism and xenophobia.
The lack of self-regulation in compensations makes them appear self-governing to the sufferer. Circumcised subjects perceive their own compensations as autonomous hence as required by objective reality. They feel that their compensatory actions are authentic, rational, correct, optimal, necessary and justified. They are apt to find the advantageousness of their own compensations unquestionable. The apparent autonomy and indisputability of compensations implants traditional and conservative dispositions. Yet it is easily interpreted to mean that things are predestined which religion readily utilizes. At the same time the compensations of the Circumcision complex are only simulations and are physiologically inadequate in replacing natural gratification which additionally imposes fatalistic attitudes. The lack of self-regulation of compensations grafts submission to both authority and fate.
- Compensations inspire possessiveness, guessing, imagination and piety
The Circumcision complex makes up for a loss. It aims at retrieving what is lost so its compensations inevitably assume possessive character. Since what is lost is sexual sensitivity the most immediate result is the sexual possessiveness of its compensations. With increasing profoundness and diversity of compensations, however, the erotic component of their possessiveness becomes more and more concealed.
Missing sensorial information is substituted by the available ones in perception. For that reason any sensual deficiency including that caused by circumcision stimulates abstract and associative reasoning. The compensations of the Circumcision complex replace the lost pleasure with concepts constructed by existing feelings. They develop a passion for conceptual reasoning at the expense of concrete thinking. They generate pleasurable and obsessive abstractions of the impalpable pleasure. Circumcision passionately fabricates an unreachable and gratifying reality. It conceptualizes pleasure. The Circumcision complex devotedly inspires idealization, guesswork, fantasy, mythmaking and confabulation.
The imaginary reality that compensates for the lost sensitivity overlays the actual one. It is the more valuable layer of perception as it holds the natural conclusion of sexual gratification and promises the ultimate bliss. Besides, the pleasing layer of perception is directly uncontrollable so it is perceived as being constant, autonomous and authentic. The pleasure-giving inner world is brain-generated, but may be felt as more genuine or at least more desirable than external actuality.
Full gratification is not felt as principally impossible because there are preordained brain structures waiting for it to take place. Instead, full gratification is felt as currently insufficient or endlessly deferred. It is felt as unreachable in this life and its unearthliness feeds piety.
The feeling of an existing abstract and untouchable vital reality tends to evoke awe and piousness traditionally utilized by religion. In a rational mind-set, however, intellectual reality is colonized by atheistic contents and tends to deal with sexual, social, moral, humanistic or purely abstract issues. Despite the compensations of the Circumcision complex are motivated by sexuality the profoundest of them are perceived as disconnected from it. They may take the shapes of self-governed intellectual passions. The profoundest compensations seem to satisfy nonconcrete intellectual hungers.
- Simulatory character – physiological inadequacy – emotional insufficiency of compensations
Circumcision removes receptors of pleasure closely related to human emotionality. It deprives of primal precious feelings. Its psychological compensations have the difficult task to reproduce them. A lost quality, however, cannot be adequately replicated. The compensations of the Circumcision complex can only simulate the lost pleasure by associating it with other activities. The gratifications they offer are substitutes and are more or less inadequate in reinstating the lost quality. Only virtually can they restore the foreskin and are unable to bring about proper fulfilment. The evasive quality may only be outshouted, and not regained. The emotional ineffectiveness of compensations tends to be compensated by increasing their emotional intensity.
The Circumcision complex tends to produce emotional overreaction. The nervous tension that inadequate fulfilment accumulates in the psyche is inflammable. It seeks for the smallest opportunity to discharge in casus belli. It can make hats roll at the drop of a hat.
Once lost the foreskin and the original emotions it generates are irretrievable. The deprived ones may feel uneasy but they do not directly realize the lost sensitivity. Undoubtedly, however, the lack of sensitivity is a physical fact that their unconsciousness recognizes. One way or another they suffer the limitation imposed on their satisfaction. The full gratification and its compensations are more or less felt as doomed. The feeling of predestine may result in reconciliation. That humbleness, however, has a neurotic character and has made a virtue of necessity.
The chronic emotional discontent desperately seeks compassion. The circumcision-generated modesty aggressively demands attention. It may become violently self-sacrificial. This explains why the inspirations of the Circumcision complex are typically imbued with pathos and tragicalness.
An invisible chronic maladaptation tends to blame external conditions and exaggerates their importance. It eagerly seeks shortcuts to the denied pleasure. It tends to use pathetic artistic devices and to produce utopias. Circumcision alienates one from his emotions. Self-estrangement anxiously craves reunion and normally directs the craving toward others. It passionately offers the typical for the abstract reasoning wishful simplifications, bold conjectures, inferences, and moralizing fables.
The Circumcision complex defers and intellectualizes pleasure, expands and diversifies the pleasure-related activities. Its compensations have a wide spectrum because abstraction plays a certain role on almost any level of reasoning. The obsession with the unattainable manifests itself differently in the different ways of thinking.
The psychological compensations of the Circumcision complex make up for a sensual deficiency. For that reason all of them touch on more or less intangible possessions and engage in more or less abstract passions. Yet they are characterized by restlessness, have neurotic characteristics and enhance productivity and creativity. The passionate inspirations range from fancies of a sensual paradise and fervent religiousness through greed to abstract imagination. The simplest compensations tend to relate to sexual possession, the more advanced – to nonconcrete possessions such as money and investments while the profoundest of them operate in the fields of religion and intellectual subjects such as philosophy, abstract science and art.
Yet, there is a marked predisposition to conceptual and interpretational forms of the intellectual disciplines. The reasons are in the mental nature and restlessness of the compensations: abstraction filters details and simplifies them and conceptualization is a type of interpretation in itself. The lack of self-confidence due to absence of self-regulation and emotional effectiveness of compensations requires probing and also enhances interpretational abilities.
The strong sexual motivation of the compensations makes them obsessive andrelates them to sexuality; the lack of self-regulation makes them socially-conditioned; their compensatory character instigates possessiveness and stimulates abstract reasoning, diversifies them and masks their origin while their incapacity to bring proper gratification makes them fatalistic, pathetic and dramatic. The main properties of the compensations of the Circumcision complex are summarized in the table.
|COMPENSATIONS OF THE CIRCUMCISION COMPLEX|
|ESSENC||GENERAL RESULT||SECONDARY EFFECTS|
|Obsessiveness||- Intensity, Insistency, Productiveness, Prolificacy, Proficiency, Perfectionism, Intemperance, Over emotionality, Dramatics, Zeal, Fanaticism|
|LACK OF SELF-REGULATION||Social-Conditioning, Uncertainty||- Indecisiveness, Social dependence, Suggestibility, Collectivistic attitude, Group Narcissism, Clannishness, Xenophobia; |
- Need of Support & Assurance, Reliance on Authority, Traditionalism, Dogmatism, Conservatism; fanaticism;
- Immoderation, Perfectionism, Excessiveness.
|Possessiveness||- Great Personal Interest, Insatiability, Envy, Rivalry, Resourcefulness, Unscrupulousness|
|Sexual Possessiveness||- Jealousy, Fear of Unfaithfulness, Interest in Marriage – Polygamous or Monogamous Disposition|
|Acquisitiveness; General Possessiveness;|
Abstract and Associative Reasoning
|- Interest in Acquiring Wealth & Profit, Foresight, Insatiability, Stockpiling;|
- Abstract Awe, Piety, Idealization;
- Intellectuality, Imagination, Creativity, Generalization, Simplification, Mythmaking, Impracticality, Utopianism.
in replacing natural gratification
|- Indecisiveness, Susceptibility, Suggestibility, Superstition, Piety, God-Fearing, Fatalism, Haggling with Fate Improvisation, Creativity;|
- Need of Assurance, Guarantee & Support, Hoarding, Pettiness;
- Pathos, Tragicalness, Self-Sacrificial Attitudes, Utopianism.
Of course any of the traits of the compensations occur without circumcision. The Circumcision complex, however, intensifies them and increases their prevalence. No moral qualities should be ascribed to compensations as they are biologically adequate adaptations to the reduced sensitivity. However, being instinctive inclinations they inevitably acquire moral values in given social environments.
The removal of the foreskin causes deficiency of sexual sensation, incomplete sensual gratification during sexual act and emotional and sexual frustration. No matter what the circumcised do they are unable to achieve direct, complete and adequate natural satisfaction because they lack the receptors for it. The completion of gratification that they perceive is brain-generated. The sensorial deficit induces a psychological transformation or the Circumcision complex that simulates the accomplishment of sexual gratification.
The Circumcision complex redirects vital sexual impulses and its compensations are obsessive. Yet they lack self-regulation and do not know when to stop. They channel, transform and spread sexual stimuli throughout the psyche. Their sexual motivation empowers them. And as it is known creativity and dissatisfaction go hand in hand.
The informational shortfall that circumcision causes inevitably favours abstract reasoning, piety, religiousness, imagination and creativity. With the development of compensations they tend to disassociate from sexuality. The profoundest of them may appear purely intellectual. The insatiability of the circumcision-generated intellectual hunger, however, betrays its libidinal origin.
The Circumcision complex disseminates unsatisfiable sexual cravings all over the mind. It simulates the satisfaction of an insatiable bodily hunger by perpetually transforming it into believable concepts. It troubles the spirit and generates unappeasable mental passions. It sublimates emotion and excites the mind. It makes people insatiable, greedy, devoted, pious, detached, introvertive, over-intellectual, over-productive and zealous in their pursuits, but yet never satisfied with the results. It opens the mind’s eye for abstract realms but the spiritual eye sees no details.
Generally, the Circumcision complex makes people intense. For better or worse, it inclines them to extremes.
The neurophysiological events of the cortical reorganization following circumcision and their psychological correspondences that describe the formation of the Circumcision complex are systematized in the table below.
|CORTICAL REORGANIZATION FOLLOWING CIRCUMCISION|
|NEUROPHYSIOLOGICAL EVENTS||PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS|
|Loss of erogenous receptors and deactivation of the cortical sensory area of the foreskin||Deficit of sexual sensation, Feeling of incomplete sexual gratification, of Sensual insufficiency, Sexual frustration: Induction of the circumcision complex|
|Reduction of informational input||Development of abstract reasoning; Guessing attitude; Need forstronger emotional and/or sexual stimulation; Disposition to pathos and polygamy|
|Reactivation and reutilization of the cortical sensory area of the foreskin|
(due to redirection of sensory input from adjacent active cortical sensory areas toward it)
|Dispersal of the feeling of insufficient gratification and discharging of sexual frustration; Feeling of regained adequacy and alleviation; Association of compensatory activities with sensual gratification; Obsession with the compensations of the Circumcision complex: Compensation and masking of the circumcision complex.|
|Increased brain capacity to process the redirected sensory input||Development and mastering of the compensatory activities; Sharpening sensitivity to the information concerning them. Latent abilities for associative and abstract reasoning.|
|Substitution of the foreskin sensory input (so it tints the redirected one)|
(due to redirection of sensory input from the adjacent active cortical sensory area through the foreskin sensory area)
|New modes of associative reasoning relating compensatory activities to pleasure: The compensations of the Circumcision complex are felt to complement sexual gratification. Conceptualization of erogenous sensitivity; Disposition to postpone pleasure; Diversification of the pleasure-related activities; Development of abstract passions and devoted creativity; Ability to derive pleasure from abstractions and promises; Piety.|
|Lack of informational feedback||Overrating and overdevelopment compensations of the Circumcision complex; Strong social conditioning of pleasure-related activities: dependence, conservatism, clannishness.|
|The cortical reorganization following circumcision as a whole||Development of the Circumcision Complex: An erotic, gradual, unconscious, socially conditioned absorption in the more or less abstract aspects of the unobtainable pleasure: acquisitiveness, possessiveness, devotedness, piety, religiousness; An abstract mindset gravitating toward theology, philosophy, finance, sociology, humanitarian and abstract sciences and arts often with a negative or tabooing accent on sexuality.|