the danger it holds for the psyche of internal destruction

Blue Apple

Senior Member
Persian (Iran)
Does "the danger it holds for the psyche of internal destruction" in the following sentence mean "the internal destruction that masochism imposes onto the psyche"?


Sentence:
In this I shall be departing somewhat from Freud, for whom the pleasurable pain of primary masochism is outweighed by the danger it holds for the psyche of internal destruction (Art and Psychoanalysis by Maria Walsh).
 
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  • velisarius

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    British English (Sussex)
    I'd gloss it as:

    ...the pleasurable pain of primary masochism is outweighed by the danger it (the pleasure) holds - this danger is that of the internal destruction of the psyche.
     
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