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X. DROMOPHOBIA the terror of Crossing the road XI. AICHMOPHOBIA the phobia of Sharp and Pointed items the need for all times, the will for romance, are too powerful inside us to be repressed for lengthy with no severe harm to the psychological techniques. Aichmophobia is just one other model of the agonized protest of the life-force crying out opposed to atrophy and disuse. The sublimation of sexual impulses into so-called better actions is all rather well in conception, yet frustration occasionally wreaks a terrible punishment on its voluntary or involuntary sufferers. The maladjusted guy who, both out of private conviction or the restraining hand of social forces, has passed over and suppressed the normal urge to sex-expression, may possibly finish through wishing for loss of life or castration to free up him from the fury of impulses he's not able to gratify. The aichmophobiac fears the innovative and the pointy aspect for an seen cause: he doesn't belief his personal strength to withstand their insidious allure. he's interested and terrified by means of sharp and pointed tools that could unencumber the surging circulate of blood–a image for an orgasm within which the whole physique makes a final, convulsive sacrifice. Prisoners in jails, inmates of asylums, pushed to frenzy by way of their enforced sexual state of being inactive, were recognized to mutilate their genitals with items of glass or twine torn from the springs in their beds. This comparable tendency exists to a sophisticated measure within the aichmophobiac, and the gradual erosion of mad feedback ends ultimately via breaking down the brain. Razors, knives, scissors, needles, fence-palings, iron gates, thousands of the standard items of his lifestyle, are all skill to an finish he wishes and fears. he's continuously haunted through visions within which he sees himself stabbing his pal, or starting his veins, or mutilating his organs: by way of any of those acts his function is accomplished–the destruction of existence itself or the emasculation of the life-giving vital. XI. AICHMOPHOBIA the phobia of Sharp and Pointed items XII. MECHANOPHOBIA the terror of equipment the good machines we've invented and developed to do our paintings for us are answerable for many different difficulties than our recurrent unemployment and what the economists are happy to name a interval of melancholy. Mechanophobia, the terror of the desktop, is a psychological sickness of our personal occasions, as new a phenomenon on this planet because the tractor or the dynamo. The patient is generally the sexual incompetent or the commercial misfit to whom the desktop is a logo of the ability or success that he lacks and so ardently wishes. not able to make a private adjustment along with his setting, pushed to the verge of insanity via the strain of responsibilities he can't satisfy, the laptop looms ahead of him like a few legendary monster or iron Baal to which he's being sacrificed. just like the dromophobiac, he can't face up to the unholy fascination the computer has for him, and his subconscious hope for dying leads him time and again to the proximity of those brokers of destruction.