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Storm, J.E. (1988). British Journal of Medical Psychology. LIX, 1986: A Fresh Look at Genealogical Bewilderment. Michael Humphrey and Heather Humphrey. Pp. 133-140.. Psychoanal Q., 57:288-288.

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Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: British Journal of Medical Psychology. LIX, 1986: A Fresh Look at Genealogical Bewilderment. Michael Humphrey and Heather Humphrey. Pp. 133-140.

(1988). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 57:288-288

British Journal of Medical Psychology. LIX, 1986: A Fresh Look at Genealogical Bewilderment. Michael Humphrey and Heather Humphrey. Pp. 133-140.

James E. Storm

The term genealogical bewilderment refers to a group of psychological problems stemming from lack of knowledge of one's ancestors. Adopted children and children conceived by artificial insemination from an anonymous donor are two examples of groups who may suffer from this problem. The literature is reviewed. Early papers suggested that not knowing about one's ancestors keeps one from developing a secure self-image. More recent work suggests that good surrogate family relationships lead to good development, regardless of the lack of information about biological ancestors, and that the drive to search out biological ancestors usually reflects poor relationships with the surrogate parents.


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Storm, J.E. (1988). British Journal of Medical Psychology. LIX, 1986. Psychoanal. Q., 57:288-288

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