Neuroticism in abstraction
According to Freud the fear of father and the castration complex precede monotheism. Therefore patriarchic monotheism emerged from the cruelty of pagan fathers. According to this view monotheism is a psychosocial defence mechanism against the fear of castration. Therefore monotheism is a natural stage of polytheism and paganism. Approximately the same origin Freud attributed to circumcision. He considered that the traditional Jewish neonatal circumcision is a legacy of the ancient fathers’ brutality. Paedocircumcision hands down the castration complex and father-fearing from father to son. It is like a passive bearer of the castration complex from one generation to the next. Notice that this is only a step away from the logical conclusion that paedocircumcision directly induces the castration anxiety, i.e., that castration complex is circumcision complex in itself. This perspective, however, required a different perception including erogenous sensitivity than those he had.