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Cascales, T. (2017). Infantile anorexia, Co-Excitation and Co-Mastery in the Parent/Baby Cathexis: The Contribution of Sigmund and Anna Freud. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 98(2):393-414.

(2017). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 98(2):393-414

Infantile anorexia, Co-Excitation and Co-Mastery in the Parent/Baby Cathexis: The Contribution of Sigmund and Anna Freud

Thomas Cascales

(Accepted for publication 6 August 2016)

Recent epidemiological studies show that 2% of babies in ordinary paediatric clinics suffer from infantile anorexia. In the first part of this paper we present a case study from our hospital clinical activity. Our framework combines clinical psychoanalytic sessions and perinatal videos. In the second part, we will focus on the concepts of instinct and excitation proposed by Sigmund Freud and the concept of mastery proposed by Anna Freud. In the third part, we will examine these concepts in the light of the case study. The fourth part is devoted to clinical recommendations from our hospital psychoanalytic practice. In conclusion, unlike other clinical settings, the psychoanalytic setting allows for the elaboration of the parental hatred included in the libidinal cathexis. Our psychoanalytic setting (sessions/videos) makes it possible to decontaminate parental intrapsychic elements overloaded with excitement, saturated with hate elements, and rendered sterile by the instinct for mastery. An initial part of the treatment process involves working through the intersubjective elements observed in the video.

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