- 京都大学大学院教育学研究科紀要 (ISSN:13452142)
- vol.59, pp.527-539, 2013-03-28
This article aims to elaborate the psychoanalytic concept of sublimation. Sublimation is a vague concept, especially in relation to its meta-psychological development and value. This paper considers the psychological mechanisms that allow for sublimation. Concepts derived from ego psychology are used to explore this topic, but the understanding they provide is limited. The works of Sigmund Freud, Juan-David Nasio, Melanie Klein, Jean Laplanche, and Françoise Dolto are then considered. From this research, four theses on the development of sublimation are presented: 1) the Ego is the agent that sublimates drives, 2) the Ego Ideal is the starting point of sublimation and gives its direction, 3) reparation becomes a model of sublimation, 4) sublimation is driven by the castration under the law of prohibitions. In addition to these four theses, it is proposed that sublimation is a secondary process phenomenon. This formulation should be useful both for a theory of the value of sublimation and for clinical techniques that aim to promote clients' use of secondary process thinking. It is suggested that further research is needed on sublimation to arrive at better clinical practice.