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Freud's original paper, A Child is Being Beaten, is crucial in the history of psychoanalytic thought because of its attempt to understand masochism, its privileging the importance of unconscious fantasy, and its introduction of what would become the superego construct. But most research on the topic has involved psychoanalytic data from the treatment of adult patients. This paper will present clinical material from the analysis of a young girl with prominent masochistic dynamics to illustrate and evaluate Freud's original formulations about these fantasies as well as the questions that have been raised by successive generations of analyst studying these phenomena.
- Define the distinction between beating wishes and beating fantasies.
- Utilize the understanding of the importance of these wishes and fantasies to implement treatment strategies.
- Comprehend the relationship between such wishes and fantasies and the sado-masochistic dynamics that they express.
Alan Sugarman, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychoanalyst at SDPC, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD. He is in private practice in La Jolla.
Calvin Colarusso, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst in adult and child psychoanalysis at SDPC and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSD.