Scolni reports the analysis of a five-year-old girl who suffered from nightmares. The patient rejected her mother as a 'bad mother', a feeling reinforced by experiences with sadistic nursemaids and by the fear of being replaced by a male sibling. Her Oedipal attachment to her father, in consequence, became intensified. She dreamed of attacking beasts, devils, witches, etc., which represented her fear, secondary to the wish, that her father would rape her. The nightmare is the punishment for this forbidden desire.
In analysis the girl expressed her conflicts in her games and in numerous drawings which are reproduced in the article. She worked through her penis envy, her ambivalent feelings toward her father and her hatred of her mother. Hatred
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of her mother led to retaliatory fantasies and dreams: she is poisoned by the witch. She was inadequately nursed and refused to eat, preferring to suck. In her play, the analyst became the bad mother witch who has no milk for her child. Oral aggressive drives were vividly depicted in dreams of being dismembered, cooked, and eaten.
When masturbating she substituted her finger for a penis and developed an abscess on the finger. She eventually accepted her femininity, identified with her mother, and openly showed affection for her father. Her anxiety then began to disappear along with the monsters in her dreams and her fear of the dark. Treatment lasted nine months (five sessions weekly) and a follow-up two and one half years after treatment indicated a successful therapeutic result.
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Kairys, D. (1950). Revista De Psicoanálisis. VI, 1948. Psychoanal. Q., 19:133-134