New PDF release: A History of Child Psychoanalysis

By Pierre Geissmann, Claudine Geissmann

ISBN-10: 0415110203

ISBN-13: 9780415110204

Child research has occupied a different position within the background of psychoanalysis due to the 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 appreciate and make understandable to others the psychosomatic issues of youth and to conform medical and healing ways to all of the phases 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 determine the contributions made via pioneers of the self-discipline, whose efforts to extend its theoretical foundations ended in clash among colleges of concept, 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 points of kid improvement, and within the healing merits it could possibly deliver either to the kid and its family.

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She thinks about them much less often. In her memoirs, Hilda recounts that her father did not mention her anxieties about castration, although they were quite evident. Perhaps because she was a girl. Abraham’s private patients included some children, but it would seem that he didn’t think that this should make any difference to his work with adults. In 1913, he published a paper entitled ‘The effect on the psyche of a 9-year-old child of the observation of sexual relations between its parents’.

This was the object of a report, which remained strictly confidential until Mrs Abraham gave it to her daughter one day. Hilda in turn gave it to her second analyst, Hilde Maas, who gave it to Dinora Pines, who inserted it into Karl Abraham’s biography, published in 1974. Hilda had died in 1971. Reading this account by Karl Abraham, one can see how carefully he carried out a detailed analysis of all the material offered by his daughter while respecting the child’s personality. At the outset he explains to her why he is doing the analysis ‘in my capacity of doctor’.

His father does not immediately understand, and says that that is not nice. Hans explains: ‘If he thinks it, it is good all the same, because you can write it to the professor’, referring his analyst father back to his supervisor! At this point, Freud writes a footnote: ‘Well done, little Hans! ’ The interpretations are made, in classic fashion, in the transference: ‘the big giraffe is me’, etc. At one point, the supervisor-professor takes part in the analysis directly: the father and son consult him.

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