Mother-Daughter Relationship / Edition 1

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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.

Incl. love, admiration & identification; child abuse; female kin; ambivalence & separation; women's relationships w/men.

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Editorial Reviews

Zvi Lothane M.D.
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.
Ramon C. Ganzarain
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.'
Charlotte Prozan
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765701015
  • Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.71 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerd H. Fenchel, Ph.D., is dean of the Washington Square Institute in New York.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Basics of Development
1 Love, Admiration, and Identification: On the Intricacies of Mother-Daughter Relationships 7
2 Some Thoughts on the Creation of Character 29
3 Anne Sexton and Child Abuse 45
4 Female Kin: Functions of the Meta-Identification of Womanhood 63
Pt. II Adolescence
5 "Die So That I May Live!": A Psychoanalytic Essay on the Adolescent Girl's Struggle to Delimit Her Identity 85
6 Demeter and Persephone Revisited: Ambivalence and Separation in the Mother-Daughter Relationship 135
Pt. III Marriage and Maternity
7 Mothers and Daughters: Daydreams and Mutuality 155
8 The Effect of Role Reversal on Delayed Marriage and Maternity 173
9 Vanity: Of Mothers and Daughters 195
10 The Medea Complex and the Parental Alienation Syndrome: When Mothers Damage Their Daughters' Ability to Love a Man 207
11 The Impact of the Mother-Daughter Relationship on Women's Relationships with Men: The Two-Man Phenomenon 227
Pt. IV Clinical Considerations
12 Mothers and Daughters - The Tie That Binds: Early Identification and the Psychotherapy of Women 245
13 "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 Patient 265
14 "Am I My Mother's Keeper?": Certain Vicissitudes Concerning Envy in the Mother-Daughter Dyad 285
15 Unconscious Conflicts in the Preoedipal Mother-Daughter Relationship as Revealed through Dreams 297
16 Transference-Cure in the Positive-Oedipal, Mother-Daughter Dimensions of Countertransference and Therapeutic Repair 307
Pt. V Aging Parents
17 Ministering to the Dying Mother: Reparative and Psychodynamic Opportunities for the Female Patient 329
Index 349
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