New PDF release: A History of Child Psychoanalysis

By Pierre Geissmann, Claudine Geissmann

ISBN-10: 0415110203

ISBN-13: 9780415110204

Child research has occupied a distinct position within the historical past of psychoanalysis as a result demanding situations it poses to practitioners and the clashes it has provoked between its advocates. because the early days in Vienna below Sigmund Freud baby psychoanalysts have attempted to understand and make understandable to others the psychosomatic issues of formative years and to conform scientific and healing methods to all of the levels of improvement of the child, the kid, the adolescent and the younger adult.

Claudine and Pierre Geissmann hint the heritage and improvement of kid research during the last century and check the contributions made by way of pioneers of the self-discipline, whose efforts to extend its theoretical foundations resulted in clash among faculties of suggestion, such a lot particularly to the rift among Anna Freud and Melanie Klein.

Now taught and practised generally in Europe, the united states and South the United States, baby and adolescent psychoanalysis is exclusive within the perception it provides into the mental facets of kid improvement, and within the healing advantages it might probably deliver either to the kid and its family.

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These authors point out that they chose to ignore this reminder. Besides, one could question the melancholic nature of this will, written by a woman who had always had a strong depressive tendency. In fact, this silence is probably due to factors of an entirely different nature. Neither her will, nor the outcry caused by the publication of A Young Girl’s Diary (1919), nor even her death explain it sufficiently. We believe it is more logical to attribute the oblivion into which this pioneer of psychoanalysis has fallen to the resistance shown in general to child psychoanalysis.

Finally, one must after all leave something to the reader’s imagination. I wonder very much what the critics will make of this feminine counterpart to Little Hans (‘Poor little boy, poor little girl’2). (1974:350) Jung does not only relate his observations of Agathli. In another text he mentions little ‘Freddy’, who seems to have been Manfred Bleuler. Eugen Bleuler does not seem to have appreciated the publication of this material (see letter from Freud to Jung dated 26 April 1910; 1974:312). Jung even took an interest in Martin, one of Freud’s sons, but does not go as far as publishing the material concerning him (letters dated 18 January and 17 February 1911; 1974:384 and 394, respectively).

There are things whose only explanation is intra-uterine: much of the A history of child psychoanalysis 26 water symbolism, then the enwrappings and encoilings which seem to be accompanied by strange skin sensations (umbilical cord and amnion). Just now my Agathli is having dreams like this; they are closely related to certain Negro birth-myths, where these envelopments in slimy stuff also occur. I think that we shall find that infinitely more things than we now suppose are phylogenetic memories.

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