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The Mother-Daughter Relationship : Echoes Through Time - Gerd H. Fenchel

The Mother-Daughter Relationship

Echoes Through Time

By: Gerd H. Fenchel (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1998
ISBN: 9780765701015
Number Of Pages: 348

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This book explores the mother-daughter bond within the life cycle, from early development on into the turbulence of adolescence and the ambivalence of separation then to the daughter's marriage and maternity, and finally, thoughtfully, to reparative opportunities inherent in the mother's aging and dying.

Freud freely admitted he had to wait for women analysts to teach him about female sexuality. He would have also agreed he had much to learn from women about the mother-daughter relationship, so crucial for women's development. This gap has been masterfully closed by the seminal work of the authors represented here, who bring a wealth of clinical experience, research data, and feminine empathy to illuminate the intricacies of the mother-daughter relationship. -- Zvi Lothane M.D., Author of In Defense of Schreber: Soul Murder and Psychiatry Since the 'style of loving in the transference is quite similar to the early attachment style,' a deep understanding of mother-daughter relationships becomes indispensable for doing effective psychoanalytic work with women patients. Hence, all mental health professionals will benefit from these refined appraisals by well-known, well-selected authors of the developmental consequences of the mother's 'large narcissistic investment in her child, particularly her daughter.' -- Ramon C. Ganzarain, M.D., training and supervising analyst, Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute Mothers, culturally bound by a patriarchal system, have not been the subjects of their own lives. In this welcome addition to the mother-daughter literature, the authors explore the psychodynamics of the relationship, starting with childhood and proceeding through adolescence, marriage, motherhood, and aging. Clinical examples illustrate classical and developing perspectives on the themes-love and separation, identification and envy, idealization and competition-that make up the intense and ambivalent bond between mothers and daughters. All authors stress the lasting effect of that bond and reveal how psychotherapy can lead to insight and understanding. Dr. Fenchel is to be congratulated for this selection of outstanding and original thinkers on this subject. -- Charlotte Prozan, L.C.S.W., author, Feminist Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Acknowledgments
Contributors
Introduction
The Basics of Development
Love, Admiration, and Identification: On the Intricacies of Mother-Daughter Relationshipsp. 7
Some Thoughts on the Creation of Characterp. 29
Anne Sexton and Child Abusep. 45
Female Kin: Functions of the Meta-Identification of Womanhoodp. 63
Adolescence
"Die So That I May Live!": A Psychoanalytic Essay on the Adolescent Girl's Struggle to Delimit Her Identityp. 85
Demeter and Persephone Revisited: Ambivalence and Separation in the Mother-Daughter Relationshipp. 135
Marriage and Maternity
Mothers and Daughters: Daydreams and Mutualityp. 155
The Effect of Role Reversal on Delayed Marriage and Maternityp. 173
Vanity: Of Mothers and Daughtersp. 195
The Medea Complex and the Parental Alienation Syndrome: When Mothers Damage Their Daughters' Ability to Love a Manp. 207
The Impact of the Mother-Daughter Relationship on Women's Relationships with Men: The Two-Man Phenomenonp. 227
Clinical Considerations
Mothers and Daughters - The Tie That Binds: Early Identification and the Psychotherapy of Womenp. 245
"Will You Be Able to Hear Me?": Some Aspects of the Transference and Countertransference within the Dyad of a Young Female Therapist and an Older Female Patientp. 265
"Am I My Mother's Keeper?": Certain Vicissitudes Concerning Envy in the Mother-Daughter Dyadp. 285
Unconscious Conflicts in the Preoedipal Mother-Daughter Relationship as Revealed through Dreamsp. 297
Transference-Cure in the Positive-Oedipal, Mother-Daughter Dimensions of Countertransference and Therapeutic Repairp. 307
Aging Parents
Ministering to the Dying Mother: Reparative and Psychodynamic Opportunities for the Female Patientp. 329
Indexp. 349
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ISBN: 9780765701015
ISBN-10: 0765701014
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 28th January 1998
Publisher: JASON ARONSON INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.32 x 15.93  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.67