By Paola Mariotti

Why do girls are looking to have childrens? How does one ‘learn’ to be a mom? Does having infants have whatever to do with intercourse?

At a time whilst moms are bombarded via prescriptive and contradicting recommendation on the right way to behave with their teenagers, The Maternal Lineage highlights a number of mental features of the mothering event.

International participants supply medical examples of widespread and difficult events that experience obtained scarce recognition in psychoanalysis, akin to problems with forget and psychical abuse. The transgenerational repetition from mom to daughter of distressing mothering styles is clear during the e-book, and should look inevitable. However, clinical examples and theoretical study point out that, whilst the help of companion and acquaintances isn't really adequate, the cycle might be delivered to an finish if the mum gets psychoanalytic-informed specialist support.

The Maternal Lineage is split into four parts:

  • An creation together with a assessment of the literature targeting the mother-daughter relationship
  • Pregnancy and extremely early issues
  • Subfertility and its results on a woman’s psyche
  • The mental features of significant mothering difficulties: miscarriages, post-natal melancholy, adolescent motherhood.

This well timed ebook should be of worth to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and future health pros – obstetricians, psychiatrists, midwives and social workers.

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Had Freud taken more seriously than he did this ‘second reproach’, he might have concluded that the girl’s ‘depreciation’ of her mother’s femaleness may have relatively little to do with the penis and be instead expression of love, attachment, envy, hatred, loss, need for autonomy. This view had already been expressed by Melanie Klein in 1928, when she stated: ‘I regard the deprivation of the breast as the most fundamental cause of the turning to the father’ (p. 193). However, in his 1925 paper, on ‘Some Psychical Consequences of the Anatomical Distinction between the Sexes’, Freud had concluded that the reason why the girl turns to the father is that she ‘gives up her wish for a penis and puts in place of it a wish for a child: and with that purpose in view [in italics in the text] she takes her father as a love object’.

Freud’s theories on the subject of female sexuality have been widely debated. His view proposes as normative for the girl the overvaluation of the male sexual organ, and a dismissal, and at first total ignorance, of her own genitals. This dismissal extends to motherhood, which becomes a substitute for what is really desirable – to have a penis. Many psychoanalysts would recognise that there are cases where a woman’s narcissistic needs, and sometimes her penis envy, are a motivating force in wanting a child, but nowadays few would consider Freud’s theory as normative for all women.

She may be overprotective of her child, effectively curtailing his chances to have his own experiences away from her. In some cases a mother may seem to encourage her child’s autonomy, but in fact she may set up a situation where the child has to carry feelings linked to separation that she finds unbearable. Pappenheim and Sweeney (1952) give a convincing example of a mother who, wishing to go back to work, was apparently desperate to introduce her son to a nursery. Yet she was constantly triggering anxiety and fear in her son with her reproaches, and denied him autonomy by giving him instructions and taking over his activities.

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