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İkiz, T. (2017). Blind mothers of suffering babies. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 26(1):49-53.

(2017). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 26(1):49-53

Blind mothers of suffering babies

Tevfika İkiz

In this paper, the author presents case material related to a patient who asked for psychotherapy as she was having difficulty managing her problems within the family. This clinical vignette reveals how some mothers have difficulties being, as Winnicott said, “ordinary devoted mothers.” These mothers are “psychologically blind,” in that they not able to psychologically “see” or feel the pain of their babies or children. The author discusses the case material using Winnicott and Bion’s essential concepts of how the patient is deprived of maternal functioning.

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