The etymology of the word success and its relationship to succession is elucidated. Linkage is made to the consequences of unconscious "legitimate" and "illicit" fulfillments in life. This is explored in the writings of Freud and others. Emphasis is placed on guilt, a major factor blocking the attainment of success. This guilt derives from unconscious parricide, which permeates and contaminates themes of succession. How early objects, particularly oedipal ones, are "killed off" in the process of gaining autonomy and achievement without literally invoking unconscious murder is explored. The retaliatory aspects of failure are also addressed. Illustrations employing case material are used to highlight these theoretical constructs.
|Number of pages
|Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
|Published - 2004
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Clinical Psychology