Freud’s Magic Ring

Sigmund Freud was a bit of a control freak.  He had some ‘disciples.’  And he indoctrinated them into his magical circle.

 

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And he gave them a magic ring.  This ring was “…inscribed with a pastoral scene illustrating a shepherd and two goats.”

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Perhaps Freud had a bit of a ‘savior’ complex.

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A disciple of Freud, Ferenczi, who was drafted into the Hungarian military as a medic, wrote to Freud in 1915 of an early analytic effort to help a fellow soldier. He describes a patient suffering from partial paralysis after suffering,

“shock from a grenade hit, which is considered organic by all the doctors. Since I opt for hysteria . . . I consider it possible — according to insight gained up to now — that this case (perhaps all such cases) are penal paralyses for small (especially sadistic) misdeeds of childhood; actually, they represent the death penalty.”

He goes on to explain that,

“as a child, the patient liked to shoot animals, especially crows; his grandmother told him they would avenge themselves on him. He went blissfully to war and eagerly shot at the Russians; just as he was taking aim, the shocking explosion came.”

THE CORRESPONDENCE OF SIGMUND FREUD AND SANDOR FERENCZI

Where else do we see magic rings?

The Lord of the Rings

 

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