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Beaumont, M. (1991). Reading between the Lines: The Child's Fear of Meaning. Psychoanal. Psychother., 5(3):261-269.
   

(1991). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 5(3):261-269

Reading between the Lines: The Child's Fear of Meaning

Mia Beaumont

This paper explores the emotional factors that lie behind a child's failure to read. My observations are based on work as an educational therapist employed in a child guidance unit. In trying to understand the reasons for the child's neurotic reluctance to learn, the following sources have proved helpful: Klein on envy; Bowlby on the effect on the child of a relationship with an untrustworthy adult; and Bettelheim's Learning to Read. In conclusion some ways are examined in which the child can be helped to overcome his fear of the meaning of words.

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