primal scene

pri·mal scene

in psychoanalysis, the actual or fantasized observation by a child of sexual intercourse, particularly between the parents.

primal scene

Psychiatry In psychoanalytic theory, the real or fancied observation by the infant of parental or other heterosexual intercourse

pri·mal scene

(prī'măl sēn)
psychoanalysis The actual or fantasized observation by a child of sexual intercourse, particularly between the child's parents.

primal scene

(prī′măl)
In psychiatry, the term for a child's first observation of sexual intercourse, real or imagined.
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They unfold a dazzling psychedelic vision narrating the birth of the universe told from a female perspective--the big bang remade as Technicolor primal scene.
Films such as Lars and the Real Girl (Craig Gillespie, 2007), In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar Wai, 2000), and Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001), however, suspend these ideals, forcing love into an alternative--even pathological--form, splitting it off from fantasy and then exposing the latter as a determining force: a hidden primal scene of experience driving the manifest scene of erotic passion toward provocative and often disturbing new realities.
Reverend Mother's mentor, Mere-Generale, the head of the Order, worries at her lieutenant's inability to realize her true spiritual potential--'saintliness' --owing to a fear 'of love, even the love of God', a fear born of her traumatized response to that primal scene (27).
It follows a non-linear trajectory and circles what Ashraf Rushdy calls a primal scene, which is based on Freud's concept of the primal scene but is not necessarily sexual; this scene is "the critical event (or events) whose significance to the narrated life becomes manifest only at a secondary critical event, when by a preconscious association the primal scene is recalled" (303).
Gordon writes, "I too wanted to get out of there; in its painful voyeurism, the scene is perhaps too close to undefended primal scene material" (163).
Cavell is tacitly depending on Freud's observation that whenever we dream we are watching a play, we are having a primal scene fantasy.
The way Williams opens her essay, which she wrote especially for this issue, it starts with a primal scene of storytelling--a child, sitting on a parent's lap, imagining the whole world slowly turning.
The book leaves a few conceptual loose ends--only intermittently, for example, does the book take up the introduction's provocative suggestion that "For [Jean] Laplanche, some form of sexual trauma is a formative primal scene for the subject because she is born too early to understand her sexualized condition in a social network; for Renaissance writers, it seems more accurate to say that representations of eroticized trauma articulate in displaced form the anxiety of becoming an historical subject" (8)--but this is only to say that the book opens many avenues for further investigation.
As Michel Chion notes, by pushing Jeffrey's real parents to the periphery of the story, Lynch can 'allow the fantasy parents Dorothy and Frank to emerge from the shadows and play out their primal scene before his eyes', (41) most explicitly when Jeffrey hides in Dorothy's closet and witnesses Frank raping her.
Il secondo capitolo, "The Primal Scene of Suckling in De Vulgari Eloquentia", individua un conflitto interno al De vulgari eloquentia.
Anthony moves in with his family, but instead of making a retreat, his ignoble return to the primal scene is a new beginning chock-full of potential "cures" for him: "preachers and shrinks, art and love," as well as vertiginous subplots and side-bits that will either open the door to his salvation or finally destroy him.