Childrens Phantasies: The Shaping of Relationships by Otto Weininger

By Otto Weininger

His ebook is an final result of a really huge and wealthy event. He observes very sensitively and exhibits how his realizing of subconscious phantasy can throw gentle on such a lot varied actions and relationships.-Hanna Segal, from her foreword

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Children may respond to these remarks by feeling that they have to be independent because they believe that they take too much from their parents when they are dependent. Indeed, the expected retaliation for this aggression may force too early an independence (Weininger, 1982). This premature independence is observed in children who play several games at the same time, or try to do everything a t once and are unable to concentrate on one event. They appear dissatisfied, and they are attempting to discover the goodness they feel they lack.

Perhaps anxiety about not sufficiently protecting the mother, or not making adequate reparation, leads to this change in experienced feeling; or perhaps the bad object is phantasized for a short time as good in order to master the badness and not feel persecuted. It seems important to preserve the feeling that the object remains good and will not attack the child. I think we see this in situations where people refuse to recognize the danger they might be in, or where a child does not perceive parental aggression directed toward the child and returns again and again, only to be slapped or hit or even kicked time after time.

In mock attack, she began to wave her fists, while a t the same time opening and closing her mouth as if to devour me. While this episode was precipitated by her frustration at play, its psychic origins may be traced back to the earliest moments of life-to the 'splitting" between good and bad and the complex projection and introjection of these qualities. These defensive mechanisms characterize the child's first responses to existence. ) The incident started in the 'grocery store' centre of the playroom, an area where a pretend store had been set up with a real cash-register on a counter and shelves of tins, boxes of biscuits and baby foods.

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