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Cohen 9

retroactive fantasies, he argues, to treat them as anything but authentic would be to

lose the patient's cooperation in tracking down the real repression from which they

originate. Regardless of the analyst's theoretical allegiances, then, the essential

procedure of analysis should remain unchanged (193-194). With this fail-safe

measure in place, Freud addresses the counter-argument that, since repressed infantile

memories cannot be directly recollected by the patient and must instead be

constructed by the analyst from distorted and displaced fragments, they constitute

"phantasies not of the patient but of the analyst himself' (196). An analyst who

maintains the validity of recovered infantile experience, Freud retorts,

will comfort himself by recalling how gradually the construction of this

phantasy which


is supposed to

have originated

came about, and, when all is

said and done, how independently of the physician's incentive many points in

its development proceeded; how, after a certain phase of the treatment,

everything seemed to converge upon it, and how later in the synthesis, the

most various and remarkable


radiated out from it; how not only the

large problems but the smallest peculiarities in the history of the case were

cleared up by this single assumption. (196, emphasis mine)

Claiming that Jung, Adler, and other opponents in the analytic community tend to

simplify the binary opposites of his theory by selecting out one component as the

most decisive, Freud declares that this case is intended to reassert the importance of

infantile experience, to prove it "beyond any doubt" (198). Since the patient first

suffered from neurosis when he was only four- or five-years-old, the time and

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