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Hägglund, T. Hägglund, V. Ikonen, P. (1978). Some Viewpoints on Woman's Inner Space. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 1:65-77.

(1978). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 1:65-77

Some Viewpoints on Woman's Inner Space

Tor-Björn Hägglund, Vilja Hägglund and Pentti Ikonen

The difficulties a child meets when trying to conceive the idea of woman's inner space as something real are, above all, much the same as those he encounters in trying to understand the connection between the various elements of the inner space and its functions. From the psychic point of view, woman's inner space must be understood as a series of emotional events, i.e. reception, embracement, enrichment, care and giving, and from the biological point of view as a series of physical functions, i.e. impregnation, pregnancy and giving birth to offspring. Although in the biological sense woman's inner space is focused on the ovaries, the uterus, the vagina and the breasts, the psychic point of view would conceive woman's inner space as the bosom of woman in both the concrete and the sublimated sense.

A child's interest is more strongly drawn to the clearly perceivable male sexual organs because of the more easily observable functions of erection, urination, penetration of a hole, and he tries to understand the connection between the sexes in the light of this knowledge, and even more so in the light of his own phantasies of the male sexual organ.

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