Circumcision causes erogenous deficiency and deeply affects the subconscious life. The physical and emotional deprivation it imposes reduces the ability to adapt and to gain satisfaction. Circumcision induces the Circumcision complex that has a wide range of psychological compensations. The compensations of the Circumcision complex as that of any other psychological syndrome may be regarded as neuroses. Therefore the circumcision-induced neuroses coincide with the compensations of the Circumcision complex.
In effect the sexual frustration that circumcision imposes is analogous to the fear of father in the Oedipus complex. It stands to reason that circumcision can facilitate development of the Oedipus complex and that circumcision neuroses may manifest as castration anxiety.
The Circumcision complex has a physical base therefore it must have profounder psychological effects than the fear-based castration complex. We may expect that the psychoneuroses caused by circumcision are not only real but more diverse than those allegedly caused by castration anxiety. Because of their wider range the circumcision neuroses may be disassociated from sexuality to a greater extent than from castration anxiety. Neuroses caused by neonatal circumcision may be maximally disconnected from sexuality. They originate earlier than castration anxieties that are induced by the Oedipus complex between 3 and 6 years of age.
We may assume that the Circumcision complex may comprise the castration anxiety. The Circumcision complex may produce the symptoms of the castration anxiety whilst the reverse is unlikely. If circumcision facilitates development of the Oedipus complex it follows that the symptoms of the castration anxiety must be derivable from the Circumcision complex. The same must be valid for the central concepts of Freudian psychoanalytic theory. And the latter must be unable to recognize the Circumcision complex.
If castration anxieties are or could be pedocircumcision neuroses each of them must correspond to one or more circumcision neuroses. And each of the conditions forming the Oedipus complex must be presented by the Circumcision complex. Yet, if the Circumcision complex is a more general category than the Oedipus complex a large part of circumcision neuroses must lack the corresponding castration anxiety. Then castration anxieties become indistinguishable from and may be classified under circumcision neuroses. These correspondences are shown in the table.
(and their causes)
|Castration Anxiety Neuroses and Notions in|
|high productivity, perfectionism, fanaticism (due to dissatisfaction and lack of self-regulation)||over-ambitiousness, vanity|
|disaffection, sexual possessiveness, sex discrimination, promiscuity, polygyny, misogyny, male chauvinism (due to erogenous deficiency of males)||depression, estrangement, narcissism, sexual perversions seeking stronger stimulation (including incest, male homosexuality, masochism), male sexism of Freudian psychology|
|forceful reversal sublimation replacing erogenous sensitivity, redirection of sexual impulse, diversification of sexual perception, transfer of erotic obsessions (due to incomplete sexual gratification and the following reutilization of the foreskin areas in the cortex)||fixation to earlier or unusual libido objects, development of sexual perversions seeking alternative gratifications or different quality of stimulation (paedophilia, sodomy, male homosexuality), invention of psychological repression and unconscious defence mechanisms|
|guessing attitude, abstract confabulations, mythmaking, religiousness, conformity, obedience (due to overdevelopment of abstract reasoning)||omission of inborn and social factors shaping the sexuality of individuals, assuming existence of proper sexual role and social standard,|
|sex-related confabulations, erotic absorption in abstractions (due to male erogenous deficiency combined with overdeveloped abstract reasoning)||fearful attitude to sexuality, overrating its destructive and underrating its constructive potential, assumption of the Oedipus conflict, castration anxiety in boys, penis envy in girls, and phallic fetishism and superiority of male sex in Freudian psychology, (due to overestimated role of male genitalia and sexuality in general)|
|insecurity, awe, God-fearing, overmoralizing, (due to lack of sensory information, to pleasure deficit and to overdevelopment of abstract reasoning)||assuming the oedipal basis of religion and overestimating the destructive and criminogenic potential of sexual drive|
The possibility we have already discussed that the Circumcision complex underlies the invention of the Oedipus complex suggests that castration anxieties are either circumcision neuroses or are facilitated by the mental effects of circumcision. The psychological consequences of circumcision either manifest as castration anxiety or precondition its development.
The circumcision neuroses are of great variety. They may be manifested as general uneasiness, restlessness, vigilance, over-productivity, perfectionism, awe, pathetic disposition, religious obsession, sexual possessiveness, male chauvinism, acquisitiveness, abstract intellectualism, interpretational virtuosity, conformity, dependence, sheepishness, clannishness, ethnocentrism and many others. Freud found that religiousness relates to suppressed sexuality and deemed religion is a universal obsessional neurosis stemming from the Oedipus complex. But if the Oedipus complex is a manifestation of the Circumcision complex it follows that religion is a circumcision-facilitated neurosis.
The circumcision-induced neuroses are extremely diverse and widespread. Their comprehensive recognition and classification is a task of the future. In any case all of them relate to the compensations of the Circumcision complex and some of them have a match to castration anxieties.
By all appearances pedocircumcision neuroses underlie the formation of the stereotypes of the circumcising groups. They have substantial contribution to the ethnic character of art and abstract science. They have become integrated in the contemporary outlook on live and have greatly influenced modern culture.