Everybody wants to be famous for fifteen minutes. From Tracey Emin's Bed to Big Brother, exhibiting oneself in public is a mass-market phenomenon. For Freud, exhibitionism is a legacy of infantile sexuality, an essential act in the constitution of (male) self-recognition: look at me - I'm real! But it is a symptom of neurosis, too - a panic attack in the face of identity crisis.
Brett Kahr is Senior Lecturer in Psychotherapy, and Winnicott Clinic Senior Research Fellow, at Regent's College in London. He is author of D.W. Winnicott: A Biographical Portrait, which won the Gradiva Award for Biography, and works extensively as a consultant to many television and film companies.