Related to Heteropathic: Reappoint, reacquainted, took ill


a.1.Of or pertaining to the method of heteropathy; allopathic.
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For "idiopathic identification" that interiorizes the other within the self and "heteropathic identification" that goes out of one's self to align oneself with another, see Silverman 185.
Anticipating Mill's "heteropathic laws of causation" (Mill, 1882, III.X4, pp.
Referencing Kaja Silverman's work, Hirsch describes displacement as a form of heteropathic identification in which "the child victim of incomprehensible horror" supplants '"the appetite for alterity' with an urge toward identity." Displacement thus precedes appropriation in one's visual encounter with the image of the child victim.
Postmemory, however, distinguishes itself from memory insofar as it is generally a heteropathic phenomenon, in that it threatens to usurp the identifying subject's own personality, yet it is simultaneously filtered through familial or other group relations.
Jill Bennett develops this idea more fully when she claims that in postcolonial literature, theory and politics, it is an ethical imperative to share suffering "via a form of heteropathic identification" (2003, 181), in other words, that art and its reception should avoid an identification with the pain of the other based on sameness which is centered on the self and risks annihilation of the other's experience, and promote instead a relationship of identification at a distance that acknowledges the other as other.
Marianne Hirsch associates her own notion of postmemory with Kaja Silverman's "heteropathic recollection'--her elaborate psychoanalytic theorization of the self's ability to take on the memory of others, even culturally devalued others, through a process of heteropathic identification" (1997, 273n6).
In this way, the heteropathic identification is constituted through two overlapping allusions in lines nine to eleven, one to the parable of the Ten Virgins in Matthew 25 and one to the anointing of Christ in Matthew 26, which was attributed to Mary Magdalen in the period.
Ultimately interested in how we see "otherness," she promotes "heteropathic identification," whereby the human subject steps outside her or his self and takes the risk of identifying with the other.
How should we otherwise explain certain obvious disorders of interpersonal life, such as the thing that Scheler calls heteropathic identification with another, whereby one person is completely taken over by another, as in hypnosis as well as in certain hypnotic dependencies of one person on another?(36) How explain this obvious disorder except in terms of an irreducible individuality that persons should maintain even in the closest forms of interpersonal life?
Working through also involves "empathy" or, as LaCapra argues on page 40, the attempt to "recapture," in a "limited way," the "possibly split-off, affective dimension of the experience of others." Such empathy can "counteract" victimization or "numbing" to become a sort of "virtual, not vicarious, experience related to what Kaja Silverman has termed heteropathic identification, in which emotional response comes with respect for the other and the realization that the experience of the other is not one's own" (p.
In other words, they face an exaggerated case of "postmemory," which Marianne Hirsch defines as "a form of heteropathic memory in which the self and the other are more closely connected through familial or group relation, for example, through what it means to be Jewish, or Polish." (41) The Holocaust, and, for that matter, the Hanukkah story, could have happened to the readers of today's children's books, but it has not happened to them.