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The Sibilla Morta. Repair and Return of an Absence
Journal Title: PSICOANALISI 
Author/s:  Andreas Giannakoulas 
Year:  2021 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  19 Pg. 67-85 FullText PDF:  214 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PSI2021-001005
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The Author describes the effects of maternal depression on the development of the child, recalling the writings of Winnicott and Green on the "dead mother" and discussing in particular the impossibility for children to repair the maternal mood. The clinical case discussed allows us to address various and interesting themes, starting with the role of mother-child visual perceptions, the characteristics of "fantasying", the ma-nic defense, but above all the use of countertransference as a guide for primitive states of functioning. In particular, he describes (in the therapeutic relationship) the patient’s need for a re-gression to dependence, which is complex for patients who are confronted with an absence, and the possibility of establishing a holding that ensures the resettlement of the interrupted maturation processes.
Keywords: Maternal depression, controtransference, holding, regression

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Andreas Giannakoulas, The Sibilla Morta. Repair and Return of an Absence in "PSICOANALISI" 1/2021, pp. 67-85, DOI:10.3280/PSI2021-001005


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