Our Dark Side: A History of Perversion by Elisabeth Roudinesco

By Elisabeth Roudinesco

The place does perversion start? who's perverse? Ever because the notice first seemed within the center a while, an individual who delights in evil and within the destruction of the self or others has been defined as 'perverse'. yet whereas the event of perversion is common, each period has visible it and handled it in its personal approach.

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The marks of both sexes remain, of course. Whereas the young virgins who are sacrificed have usually been Christian from birth, the soldiers are suddenly converted and are immediately martyred. ’ The physical body, either putrefied or tortured, or intact and without any stigmata, therefore fascinated both the female and male saints, who were all excited by abnormality. This peculiar relationship with the flesh presumably has to do with the fact that Christianity is the only religion in which God takes the form of a human body so as to live and die as a human victim (Gélis 2005: 106–7).

Com This book is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of the Burgess programme run by the Cultural Department of the French Embassy in London. com) Ouvrage publié avec le concours du Ministère Français de la Culture – Centre national du livre Published with the assistance of the French Ministry of Culture – National Centre for the Book Acknowledgements This book began life as a lecture given on 25 August 2004 at the opening session of the annual symposium of the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies in Belo Horizonte.

Displopia is a form of distorted vision, or an inability to focus that makes one see two objects rather than one. 3 By which time psychiatry will regard it as an illness. 4 The famous seven deadly sins, as defined by Catholicism, are in reality vices or excesses, and therefore an expression of the excesses of passion and the delight in evil that characterize perversion. They are also described as ‘cardinal’ because they are the source of other sins. A separate figure of the Devil is associated with each of them: avarice (Mammon), anger (Satan), envy (Leviathan), greed (Beelzebub), lust (Asmodeus), pride (Lucifer) and sloth (Belphegor).

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