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Fetishism and anxiety : a test of some psychodynamic hypotheses.

Wilson, Andrew (2010) Fetishism and anxiety : a test of some psychodynamic hypotheses. Empirical Text and Culture Research, 4. pp. 135-143. ISSN 1617-8912

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Abstract

A computer-assisted content analysis of a corpus of 676 German-language foot, shoe, and boot fetish fantasies using the Dresdner Angstwörterbuch demonstrated an elevated rate of anxiety themes when compared with a broad-based general corpus containing 500 samples of published written German. This lends some support to the psychodynamic theory that fetish­ism has its roots in anxiety. More specifically, rates of mutilation (i.e. castration) anxiety themes were significantly higher in the fetish texts than in the control texts, but no significant difference was detected between the two sets of texts in relation to separation anxiety. This finding seems to support the traditional Freudian theory of fetishism, as opposed to the theories of the object-relations school; however, a phrasal analysis of the corpus also sup­ports a modification of the Freudian theory, in that the woman may be the fetishist's perceived agent of castration rather than its original victim.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Empirical Text and Culture Research
Uncontrolled Keywords: fetishism ; psychoanalysis ; castration anxiety ; mutilation anxiety ; separation anxiety ; computer-assisted content analysis ; Dresdner Angstwörterbuch ; corpus linguistics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 32680
Deposited By: Dr Andrew Wilson
Deposited On: 13 Apr 2010 10:06
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:14
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32680

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