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"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."  

Erica Nov 22, 2001 6:10 AM
Posted in group: alt.quotations
"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional
> maturity."
> --Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoanalysis (1952)

> Did Dr Freud .actually. say this?

Apparently he did in the 10th Lecture of  " A General Introduction to
Psychoanalysis" (1916-17)

In these other passages Freud associates retarded sexual and
emotional development not with gun ownership, but with fear and  loathing of
~Don B. Kates, Jr., Guns, Murders, and the Constitution -- A Realistic
Assessment of Gun Control (Don Kates is a San Francisco criminologist and
civil liberties lawyer).

 And it fits with the *phallic symbols* of dream interpretation.....

 All elongated objects, sticks, tree-trunks, umbrellas (on account of the
opening, which might be likened to an erection), all sharp and elongated
weapons, knives, daggers, and pikes, represent the male member.
~Sigmund Freud ,  The Interpretation of Dreams (1900)
Chapter 6. Representation in Dreams by Symbols: Some Further Typical Dreams

 So , according to Freud a fear of guns equates with a fear of  the erect
And gun-lovers.....?

The traditional Freudian theory is that men are very attracted to phallic
extensions and they have a set of fantasies that originates in their
bodies -- fantasies that tend toward power and aggression.
There isn't a lot of organized psychological theory about the relationship
between men and guns but in men's dreams, guns frequently play a role and,
when they do, it is likened to the penis and all that that means to them.
~Dr. Nancy McWilliams, interview (1999)