Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: PEP-Web Archive subscribers can access past articles and books…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

If you are a PEP-Web Archive subscriber, you have access to all journal articles and books, except for articles published within the last three years, with a few exceptions.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Hart, M.G. (1977). Meetings of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York. Psychoanal Q., 46:554.

(1977). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 46:554

Meetings of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York

Marion G. Hart

DISCUSSION: Dr. Judith Kestenberg noted that pregnancy fantasies may derive from a variety of pregenital stages, with many different images of the mother and many different early phallic and prephallic body sensations serving as determining influences. She doubted that regression to the symbiotic phase under discussion would lead to pregnancy wishes. Dr. Muriel Laskin, citing the case of a male patient with negative oedipal wishes, noted that a distinction should be made between the "wish for a child," related to early separation-individuation problems, and the "wish to be a parent," arising after a stable resolution of the oedipal conflict. Dr. William Niederland spoke of the instances of notable creativity (Goya, Schliemann) related to losses or personal malformations, and of the frequency of marriages and childbirth in Holocaust survivors attempting to replace lost relatives. Other reconstitutive functions related to pregnancy fantasies manifest in psychosomatic conditions were cited by Dr. Leonard Barkin, while Dr. Henry Schneer believed that the frequent promiscuity and illegitimate births among juvenile delinquents represented the wish to restore the early mother-child relationship. Dr. Jackel added that in many cases, the out-of-wedlock baby is given to the girl's mother to be cared for.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.