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Blum, H.P. (2017). The mother’s mental representation of her infant. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 26(1):64-69.

(2017). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 26(1):64-69

The mother’s mental representation of her infant

Harold P. Blum

The mother’s intrapsychic mental representation of her infant begins before pregnancy and is modified during pregnancy and thereafter. Parents have conscious expectations and unconscious fantasies about their infant, which are all too often not consistent with reality. Early intervention in infant–parent disturbances is important for repair of the relationship and prevention of later pathogenic development. A clinical example of a mother’s unconscious ambivalent mental representations of her infant is presented.

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