Footnote 9 of The Caliban Complex appears to describe a restitutive fantasy. The Zionist dream of return of the Jews to Israel is invoked to describe a restitutive fantasy concerning the child’s relationship to the mother.
(Compare the age-old aspiration of the Jews, which found practical expression in the Zionists’ goal: the end of Jews’ exile from their ancient homeland, or “motherland,” and the revival of a lost Hebrew (phallic) identity. Interpreted psychoanalytically, exile for the Jews meant a traumatic separation from a symbolic nurturing mother, resulting in a collective identity loss in the form of a regression, on a cultural level, to a pre-phallic stage. Return of the Jews transformed the Jewish identity into an Israeli identity (and indeed transformed the whole region, once so stagnant). “The Israeli is now possessed of a sovereign state, whose power, though objectively not great, represents for the unconscious a phallus like any other The Israeli, by living in his own land, has thus refound the mother and forms with her a couple, as is the case with most other peoples. He lives, not in a vacuum like the Jew, but in a material (as Freud remarked, the words materia and mater have the same derivation) world that is governed and organized.” Grunberger, B. “The Anti-Semite and the Oedipal Conflict.” International Journal of Psychoanalysis 45: 380-385, at 384-385 (1964). And “[i]n his ‘homeland,’ and tilling his very home soil,” Erikson notes, “the ‘ingathered’ Jew was to overcome such evil identities as result from eternal wandering . . . and intellectualizing and was to become whole again in body and mind. . . .” Erikson, E.H. Identity and the Life Cycle (1959), at 172 (Norton: 1980)).
In 1988 I seemed to have an intuitive grasp of an issue described in
Christine Kieffer’s paper, “Restitutive Self-Object Function in the ‘Entitled Victim’: A Self-Psychological Perspective” published in the year 2014.
According to a paper published by Joseph Fernando in 1997 the character type “The Exceptions” can develop in an individual who has experienced traumatic physical injury in childhood.
See Footnote 1 of The Caliban Complex, which I wrote in 1988: