The Father

Journal title PSICOANALISI
Author/s Jacqueline Amati Mehler
Publishing Year 2013 Issue 2012/2 Language Italian
Pages 22 P. 57-78 File size 422 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSI2012-002004
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In this paper the author attempts to explore changes in fatherhood both by virtue of social alterations and on account of our increased understanding of early pre-oedipal vicissitudes. The latter have mainly been dealt from the perspective of the mother-infant dyadic attachment and separation individuation processes. The increasing role of "maternal" fathers call for more attention to early dyadic father-child positive and negative pre-oedipal vicissitudes. A detailed clinical case attempts to explore both the intrapsychic impact of fathering in men, especially in the case of the birth of a boy infant and the transgenerational impact of conflictual non resolved pre-oedipal or oedipal crossroads.

Keywords: Pre-oedipal phase, dyadic phase, identification, idealization, Super-ego, regression, splitting

Jacqueline Amati Mehler, Il padre in "PSICOANALISI" 2/2012, pp 57-78, DOI: 10.3280/PSI2012-002004