On Incest: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (Psychoanalysis and by Giovanna Ambrosio

By Giovanna Ambrosio

Incest is a common taboo came across all through background and inside myths from all societies. it's been a missed topic by way of psychoanalysis lately and this quantity goals, effectively, to advertise disagreement among the earlier and current and to supply a medical and theoretical mirrored image at the topic. the following incest is detailed from sexual abuse outdoor of the kinfolk nucleus. The booklet, encouraged through the COWAP ecu convention of 2003, appears at topics akin to gender identification, perversions and incest. Containing papers from major specialists within the box, it comprises the papers introduced on the convention plus papers from Mariam Alizade and Brendan MacCarthy, who either current an account of the discussions as they constructed throughout the convention.
The assortment offers with a couple of concerns that encompass incest, together with Freud’s paintings and the way his outlook replaced during the years, the post-Freudian theories, remedy of either criminal and sufferer via conventional one-on-one and staff treatment, the significance of the intercourse of the analyst, the permeations of the abuser/abused, and the “why” of incest. in addition to addressing idea, the papers comprise relocating and from time to time aggravating medical vignettes to supply an perception into medical practice.
This is a ebook for trainee psychoanalysts, social staff, counsellors, neighborhood law enforcement officials, and the other pros whose paintings brings them into touch with this distressing topic. members: Mariam Alizade, Giovanna Ambrosio, Simona Argentieri Bondi, Monique Cournut, Brendan MacCarthy, Juan Eduardo Tesone and Estela Welldon

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Greenacre, 1967, p. 299, Italian original, my translation] She continues: […] On the basis of my experience, however, I still think that in cases in which an actual seduction has occurred, and above all in cases in which it has been repeated, the child has less sense of being able to control what happens than is true in cases when the situation, as a whole, remains confined within the child’s fantasy. He knows that the fantasy is his own production … [Greenacre, 1967, p. 303, Italian original, my translation] Countertransference problems in the feminine dimension Before presenting a brief examination of the works published in this book, I should like to dwell on an exquisitely clinical aspect regarding cases of really acted out incest: the countertransference and, more specifically, a complex countertransference condition that, in my experience, has been activated with women patients who have been the victims of maternal incest.

We must also consider that the concept of incest is closely correlated with the equally multi-disciplinary concept of family. As the Dizionario di Sociologia (De Marchi, Ellena & Cattarinussi, 1987) says: the nuclear family as a group of men, women and children is more or less universal on account of the great adaptive capacities of human beings. There are no linear evolutionary laws, but alternations, cycles; there is no ideal static model, but many variations. From the sociological point of view, therefore, the irreducibility and the complexity of the phenomenon of family, together with all its biological, sexual, psychological, economic, religious, and political aspects, ensure that, because it is so apparently obvious, it is always the expression of both nature and culture and belongs contemporaneously to the public as well as to the private sphere.

This continually presents us with a difficult situation in the transference-countertransference relationship. On the part of the patient the analyst is seen as a non-incestuous object, therefore as a violently frustrating object because—by not giving in to fusional seduction, often characterized by a very high degree of eroticizing sensuality—he/she does not support the omnipotent illusion and does not restore the lost object. The analyst has difficulty in moving acrobatically between the necessary function of disillusion and the equally necessary need to support a quota of illusion at the service of the sense of self, continually moving with extreme caution within a sensorial scenario that is at boiling point .

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