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Sapisochin, G. (1999). ‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’: Some Reflections on the Difference Between Generations as the Organiser of the Triangular Structure of the Mind. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 80(4):755-767.

(1999). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 80(4):755-767

‘My Heart Belongs to Daddy’: Some Reflections on the Difference Between Generations as the Organiser of the Triangular Structure of the Mind

Gabriel Sapisochin

The author begins his paper with a historical review of the concept of the difference between generations, which is in his opinion a metaphorical transformation that underpins the three-dimensional functioning of the psychic apparatus by introducing a differentiating intergen-erational space between subject and object. He postulates that at the point of intersection between the intersubjective and the intrapsychic the subject clings to the specific fragments of his parents' history that are consistent with a belief about himself and the oedipal couple in which intergenerational links are severed and infantile incestuous wishes are seen as fulfilled. Disavowal of this generation gap is considered to lead to failure of post-oedipal secondary identifications, resulting in disturbance of the triangular structuring of the mind and consequent impairment of the genesis of thought processes. These ideas are compared with related conceptions of other authors and illustrated, with an account of the associated transference/countertransference vicissitudes, by a clinical example of the constellation the author calls ‘My heart belongs to daddy’, which he sees as a way station in the negotiation of the female Oedipus complex.

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