THE PSYCHOLOGISTS COLLECTIVE REPRESSION
Grewel wrote: "It is as remarkable that a part of the surface anatomy of the man
received no name, as that the phenomenon of the erosion or laceration
of the frenum and its alae, though not unknown, receives so little
attention, and is even manifestly neglected in medical literature.
. . . That excoriation of the frenum praeputii has also been neglected
by psychiatrists and psychoanalysts is even more remarkable."
"The psychodynamics of this repression on the part of the physicians
is a striking phenomenon in itself. It cannot be masculine pride
alone ... which has caused the phenomenon to be neglected by male
physicians and psychoanalysts, and caused it to be forgotten in
dermatological literature. ... resulting in a general or collective
repression of the phenomenon."(82).
While Grewel was referring principally to the frenulum, the above
statements seems valid for all the persisting and painful conditions.
After saying that psycho/sexual
experiences due to frenulum breve were to be seen as delusions,
the head psychologist at the Institute of Sexual Research in Hamburg
informed me that they have seen many men who believed that their
frenulum breve condition was the cause of their sexual disturbances. (61)
This is significant, Grewel also reports frequent cases. Why do so many men consult the psychologist
about these phenomena instead of the Urologist?
appear to believe that an anatomical problem could not influence
sexual behaviour or perhaps they consider that worries about ones
penis are symptomatic for a psychological problem, the psychologists
certainly confirm this.
Some men will say "Yes it causes pain and tension, but that is
not the problem"; it appears that admitting to a psychological dysfunction
is preferable to admitting to a foreskin problem. It is the responsibility
of sexual advisors to use common sense and advise these men that
with painful erections one can expect psychological disturbances.
It is surely, primarily the responsibility of the Institutes
for Sexual Research to actually research these sexual phenomena.
As mentioned one psychologist at the Hamburg Institute for Sexual Research informed me that
they have seen many men who believed that their frenulum breve condition
was the cause of their sexual disturbances. When it was suggested
that these men may be correct in their assumptions, the answer was
that this is not the case because "... they had it cut away
and then there was no change in their disturbances" (61).
What an incredible world these psychological specialists live
in! - Surgery cannot be expected to change ingrained personality
traits and self images in any significant way. As an adult, the
sufferer has adapted to, and has identified with his modified personality,
so even after the operation, unless he brings the process to consciousness,
no difference will occur.
Then consider that without a good listener or other encouragement,
repressed phenomena have little chance of becoming conscious. It
is unfortunate that friends will have as much interest in his condition
as if he had ingrowing toe-nails, but more disturbing is that highly
trained (and highly paid) psychologists and therapists will attempt
to persuade him to endure further unecessary upheavel by reviewing
his childhood and the relationship with his parents.
This traditional methods of analysis was openly
supported by a second expert at The Institute for Sexual Research
in Hamburg (93).
It is obvious that these experts have no understanding of the anatomical
effects of foreskin conditions; no understanding of their behavioural
symptoms and no interest in any patients explanations.
Incidently Grewel and Wabrek (sexual therapists who understood something of foreskin conditions) were discovered
in Hamburg`s sexual research department`s own library. - Wabrek is discussed in NOTES for the SEXUAL THERAPIST
(And please see all your own choice for a gentle word to the practitioners of alternative medicine).