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Lifton, B.J. (2010). Ghosts in the Adopted Family. Psychoanal. Inq., 30(1):71-79.
    

(2010). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 30(1):71-79

II. The Ghost Kingdom

Ghosts in the Adopted Family

Betty Jean Lifton, Ph.D.

To help all members of the adoption triad, therapists must be able to see the ghosts that accompany them. These ghosts spring from the depths of the unresolved grief, loss, and trauma that everyone has experienced. They represent the lost babies, the parents who lost them, and the parents who found them. Too dangerous to be allowed into consciousness, they are consigned to a spectral place I call the Ghost Kingdom. Search and reunion is an attempt by adoptees to reconnect with the ghost mother and father, and live the alternate life.

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