By Mariam Alizade
Moms within the twenty-first century confront us, either in scientific perform and in thought, with attention-grabbing demanding situations that to a point subvert the normal maternal excellent: the motherhood of unmarried ladies, motherhood during which the mother-child dating turns out minimum (in the case of very busy operating mothers), teenage motherhood during which there isn't any actual know-how of the maternal functionality, motherhood in of gay ladies, males who take upon themselves the maternal functionality (men-mothers), complicated motherhood via advantage of the a number of variations that experience these days develop into attainable due to new reproductive strategies, shared motherhood, surrogate motherhood, sublimated motherhood, perverse motherhood.Psycho-history, the buildup and diversity of psychoanalytic theories of femininity and motherhood, the contribution of gender stories, cross-disciplinary examine, and hearing what our sufferers need to say - all this has yielded, some time past few a long time, much...
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When the woman’s childhood experiences were good, identification with her own mother is the basis for this ideal. When childhood memories are filled with anger and pain, ambivalence prevails and the ideal may be determined by reaction formations. However, the ideal of motherhood also unconsciously contributes to the wish for a child, a fantasied opportunity to play out the role of mother and child in an unambivalent idealized form desired in the woman’s childhood. In this fantasy the woman wants to be the mother she wanted to have.
There have been many theoretical-clinical developments in psychoanalysis on this theme, beginning with the post-Freudian theoretic enrichments by Klein, Winnicott, Greenacre, Gaddini, Segal, Loch, Britton, and Green. Many analysts, especially during the past twenty years, have concentrated on the ubiquitous aspects of the primary scene, seen as a process (and not as an event), as that tortuous and complex event thanks to which one is able to “enter into relation with”. There have been numerous contributions, also recently, on the importance of “third-ness” and of the “triangular space”.
For example, in the 1950s Greenson, and ten years later Green-acre, were already describing psychopathological pictures that were “new” when compared with the experience of “the conservative analyst” (Greenacre, 1963). Again, Gaddini noted that psychoanalysis had, as it were, inverted its direction: if at the beginning it had drawn away from psychosis, more recently it was turning towards psychosis again. ” Can we say that we have reached the edge of the waterfall, or that we have even fallen over it?