Lipton’s Journal/January 24, 1955/251
Joyful thought. What’s going to happen to Bergler? Whether he knows it or not he’s in danger of blowing his brains out because the alternative would be to murder one of his Don Juan patients and Bergler is too sociostatic for that. I expect troubled days for the Herr German Doktor.
- An Austrian psychoanalyst and early follower of Freud, Edmund Bergler (1899-1962) focused on masochism and homosexuality in his many books and articles. He believed homosexuality was a neurosis that could be cured, and saw homosexuals as unscrupulous psychic masochists. Bergler is Mailer’s whipping boy in Lipton’s.