moral masochism


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moral masochism

[′mär·əl ′mas·ə‚kiz·əm]
(psychology)
Masochism in which there is a need for punishment arising from unconscious sexual desires and reactivation of the Oedipus complex, characterized by self-destructive acts or the provocation of punishment from authority figures.
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Among his topics are the crucifixion of Christ as a narration of grandiose moral masochism, resurrection as the victory of the cross, from the cross to the sword in the crusades, and the Holocaust's hooked cross and Christian antisemitism.
It is in his definition of moral masochism that Freud once again rethinks his 1919 supposition that masochism derives from sadism:
41) Writing of a "self-shattering" that is distinct from an anecdotal "masochism to which the melancholy of the post-Oedipal superego's moral masochism is wholly alien," Bersani proposes a disintegration distinct from one which could be discussed within the terms of an already existing sovereign subject.