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Hartman, J.J. (1993). The Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XV, 1990: Images of an Unborn Sibling: The Psychocultural Shaping of a Child's Fantasy Among the Bimin-Kuskusmin of Papua New Guinea. Fitz John Porter Poole. Pp. 105-177.. Psychoanal Q., 62:692.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: The Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XV, 1990: Images of an Unborn Sibling: The Psychocultural Shaping of a Child's Fantasy Among the Bimin-Kuskusmin of Papua New Guinea. Fitz John Porter Poole. Pp. 105-177.

(1993). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 62:692

The Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XV, 1990: Images of an Unborn Sibling: The Psychocultural Shaping of a Child's Fantasy Among the Bimin-Kuskusmin of Papua New Guinea. Fitz John Porter Poole. Pp. 105-177.

John J. Hartman

Poole describes a case study of a young boy from the Bimin-Kuskusmin culture of Papua New Guinea who developed a fantasy of an unborn imaginary twin. The author summarizes his integration of psychoanalytic theory on preoedipal experience, structures, and processes, and hypothesizes that separation-individuation and disidentifying from the mother is traumatic for Melanesian boys. A long case study is presented of the boy's fantasy from the ages of two years nine months to three years seven months. The author discusses the fantasy in terms of a variety of projective, mirroring, and other intrapsychic functions and concludes that it served as an "enduring transitional phenomenon" in the boy's developmental struggles with his family.

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Hartman, J.J. (1993). The Psychoanalytic Study of Society. XV, 1990. Psychoanal. Q., 62:692

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