By Linda Hopkins
This is often the definitive biography of 1 of the main enticing figures of British psychoanalysis. M. Masud R. Khan (1924-1989) uncovered via his candor and scandalous habit the bigotry of his proponents grew to become detractors. Khan's next downfall, that is powerfully narrated during this biography, deals fascinating insights not just into Khan's psychic fragility yet into the area of intrigues and deceptions pervasive within the psychoanalytic neighborhood of the time.Winner of the 2007 Gradiva Award for the development of Psychoanalysis and the 2006 Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic scholarship.
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This is often the definitive biography of 1 of the main attractive figures of British psychoanalysis. M. Masud R. Khan (1924-1989) uncovered via his candor and scandalous habit the bigotry of his proponents grew to become detractors. Khan's next downfall, that is powerfully narrated during this biography, bargains attention-grabbing insights not just into Khan's psychic fragility yet into the realm of intrigues and deceptions pervasive within the psychoanalytic neighborhood of the time.
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His second wife, Badsha (d. 1955), was a Muslim from the Pathan tribe, a fair-skinned group that includes Hindus as well as M ~ s l i m s . ' ~ T h e couple had eight children together, four sons and four daughters. As a Pathan, Badsha did not share the Rajput tradition of contempt for females, and she made sure that her daughters were educated, albeit secretly. These daughters then encouraged their own daughters C O L O N I A L I N D I A (19Z4-I945) 5 to be educated. Masud was especially close to Badsha's granddaughters Khalida Khan and Fatima Ahmed, who were his age.
His father must have been quite alarmed, because he took the unusual step of having his son seen by a local psychotherapist. Khan's symptoms got better, but the therapy did not touch deeper problems that had caused the symptoms. He later claimed that this early love experience left him unwilling to experience longing. 15 Psychologists generally believe that identity crisis and rebellion against parental norms are growth-promoting experiences in adolescence. "16 Later he would C O L O N I A L I N D I A (1924-1945) '5 write that adolescence presents an opportunity to correct childhood psychopath01ogy'~-but this did not happen for him.
I had by this time a distinct feeling that Dr. Bowlby thought he had a lunatic on his hands. We got into the restaurant and it was crowded. We squeezed in and sat in a corner at a table for two. A typed menu was presented where the choice was between mushroom omelette and roast duck Bowlby asked me what I would have and I replied: "You choose, Sir. " The food that arrived was simply awful. I ate a few mouthfuls politely. Alongside Bowlby made the most inane sort of conversation. Quite irrelevant and meaningless, punctuated by huge and heavy silences.
False Self: The Life of Masud Khan by Linda Hopkins