Dirty Wordspsychoanalytic in

Ariel C. Atando, Author, Ariel C. Arango, Author
Ariel C. Atando, Author, Ariel C. Arango, Author Jason Aronson $40 (232p) ISBN 978-0-87668-855-7
Reviewed on: 07/07/1977
Release date: 07/01/1977
It is hard to disagree with the premise of this psychoanalyst practicing in Argentina: that ``dirty'' words--obscene or taboo ones, the speech of childhood and the street--are the required currency of the couch. Using clinical expressions to describe anatomy, copulatory or excretory functions as they occur in dreams, memory and fantasy is simply another form of repression, he maintains. Citing our most common three- and four-letter words, Arango ranges far and wide over Western cultural, religious and psychological history, finding in Plato, Dante, De Sade, St. Augustine, D. H. Lawrence, Schopenhauer, Freud and Ferenczi, among others, support for his position that free acknowledgment of our animal instincts liberates us from their control. More arguable are his assumptions that street language doesn't occur in daily conversation, his rigid view of the psychotic nature of homosexuality, his dismissive regard for women, and the absence of current literature from his references, all of which combine with his stilted, formal English to give his book a dated tone. But as a compendium of common taboo words and practices, it may find interested readers. (Dec.)
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