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Harris, A. (2019). Melancholic Fathers: Tantalizing and Dangerous Objects. Psychoanal. Perspect., 16(3):340-352.

(2019). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 16(3):340-352

Melancholic Fathers: Tantalizing and Dangerous Objects

Adrienne Harris, Ph.D.

This essay examines the implications of premature demands for autonomy and separation in many male children. Terming such developmental processes a form of melancholy, we notice the pressure for idealization and omnipotence on male development. The essay uses clinical material to consider the implications of these developmental pressures on men as forms of intergenerational transmission of traumatic identities, expressed through processes of attachment and separation.

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