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Azzone, P. (2018). Matrix of the Mind. An Investigation into Mother-Child Continuity. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 15(1):29-42.

(2018). International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 15(1):29-42

Matrix of the Mind. An Investigation into Mother-Child Continuity

Paolo Azzone

Matrix, Wachowsky sisters' blockbuster, depicts an ominous scenario where sensory reality is illusory and the feigned product of hostile forces. Such general mistrust towards the contents of experience has underlain the whole course of Western philosophy from Plato to Descartes. The paper explores the hypothesis the movie reflects a basic human anxiety about unconscious representation of interpersonal reality. Relying on some basic insights of Freud's and Fairbairn's the author propose a model of human dependence where the passive sharing of the love-object's unconscious phantasies is a basic dimension. This set of resident object's phantasies is termed matrix. The hypothesis is illustrated through clinical material.

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