"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 weapons. ~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 penis....? 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)