Chapter 11. Gaze, Dominance and Humiliation in the Schreber Case

  1. Rosine Jozef Perelberg
  1. John Steiner

Published Online: 27 MAY 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470713525.ch11

Freud: A Modern Reader

Freud: A Modern Reader

How to Cite

Steiner, J. (2005) Gaze, Dominance and Humiliation in the Schreber Case, in Freud: A Modern Reader (ed R. J. Perelberg), Whurr Publishers Ltd, London, England. doi: 10.1002/9780470713525.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781861564023

Online ISBN: 9780470713525



  • dominance;
  • humiliation;
  • daniel paul schreber;
  • psychoanalysis;
  • delusional beliefs


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Schreber's depressive core

  • Paranoia

  • The redemptive delusional system

  • The delusional system as a psychic retreat

  • The role of gaze in Schreber's psychosis

  • The urgent demand for relief and the projection of omnipotence

  • Looking the object straight in the eye and Freud's parable of the eagle

  • The counter-projection by the object leading to the descent into paranoia and humiliation

  • The tragic absence of a containing object

  • The shamelessness of the psychotic solution

  • References