The Occult

Science, the Occult and the Daemonic Game of Analysis
  • Clive Bloom


It is to ‘novelty’ and its special status as affect that Freud turns in Chapter Five of ‘Beyond the Pleasure Principle’ which follows from Freud’s discussion of the ‘compulsion-to-repeat’ in his little grandchild. He writes, ‘in the case of children’s play we seemed to see that children repeat unpleasurable experiences’.1 It is, however, this ‘seems’ which disturbs Freud, for with the idea of the possibility of this hypothesis about children will rest the subsequent speculations that lead directly to a discussion of the neurotic’s behaviour in analysis and to the fearful ‘daemonic’ aspects of adult character.2


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  1. 12.
    Sigmund Freud, ‘Beyond the Pleasure Principle’, p. 36. See also Jean Laplanche and J-B. Pontalis, The Language of Psychoanalysis (London: Hogarth Press, 1973)Google Scholar
  2. and George Devereux (ed.), Psychoanalysis and the Occult (London: Souvenir Press, 1974).Google Scholar
  3. 16.
    James Webb, The Occult Establishment (Glasgow: Richard Drew, 1981).Google Scholar
  4. 18.
    See Paul Valéry, ‘On Poe’s “Eureka”, in The Recognition of Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Eric W. Carlsen (University of Michigan Press, 1966) pp. 109–10.Google Scholar
  5. 23.
    Roland Barthes, ‘Textual Analysis of Poe’s “Valdemar”’, p. 144. For the historical milieu see Brian Inglis, Natural and Supernatural: a History of the Paranormal (London: Hodder & Stroughton, 1977) p. 188.Google Scholar
  6. 44.
    R. D. Laing, Self and Others (London: Penguin, 1977) p. 122.Google Scholar

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© Clive Bloom 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clive Bloom
    • 1
  1. 1.Middlesex PolytechnicUK

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