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Introduction

ByLÉON W UR MSER AND HEIDRUN JAR ASS

We begin with a few quotes from some recent supervisory sessions: Th e fi rst instance is that of a medical student who in a systematic way destroys every success and in whose analysis progress immediately and predictably has to be paid for with a shattering deterioration. Th e analyst reports: “Only in severest pain, with tragic mutilation, and in terror of deaths she feels that her parents love her. It is an automatized masochistic pattern: ‘Hurt me, and I see in the tears in your eyes how much you love me.’ I cannot aff ord anything good. Everything good needs to be annihilated.” In short, there is a kind of primordial equation: Everything good = overexcitement = traumatic fl ooding with aff ects = sexualized aggression and aggressively charged love and sexuality.