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A History of Child Psychoanalysis by Pierre Geissmann, Claudine Geissmann

By Pierre Geissmann, Claudine Geissmann

Child research has occupied a unique position within the heritage of psychoanalysis a result of 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 early life and to conform scientific and healing ways to all of the phases of improvement of the infant, the kid, the adolescent and the younger adult.

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

Now taught and practised greatly in Europe, america and South the USA, baby and adolescent psychoanalysis is exclusive within the perception it provides into the mental elements of kid improvement, and within the healing merits it might carry either to the kid and its family.

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However, looking further ahead at what Jung was to say about this analysis, one is surprised by its antiquated nature (it is 1907): Except for a colourless and affectless, totally ineffectual representation of the trauma in consciousness, I have not succeeded in obtaining any abreaction with affect, either spontaneously or suggested. At present it looks as if the trauma is a fake. Yet where does the child get all these sexual stories from? The hypnosis is good and deep, but with the utmost innocence the child evades all suggestions for enacting the trauma.

Among the women trained by Jung to undertake child analysis we should mention ‘Sister’ Moltzer. Maria Moltzer (1874–1944) was the daughter of the owner of the Dutch manufacturing company Bols. She was a nurse and underwent training in analysis with Jung. She was analysing an 11-year old girl whose case Jung had used for the paper entitled ‘On psychoanalysis in children’ given at the Brussels conference mentioned above. This was a case of a school phobia. In his paper Jung omitted to mention little Hans.

In the children’s fear that their father intends to drown them, one glimpses the symbolism of water-dreams (disguised childbirth). The analogies with Little Hans are developed only here and there; you forget that the reader is by definition a simpleton and deserves to have his nose rubbed in these things. Your reviews and abstracts show a freedom and humour that I would like to see in the Zentralblatt. (letter of 18 August 1910) Jung replies on 31 August: I knew of course that I could not quite disown the father when writing about my Agathli, but I do not think this personal note will worry the initiates.

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