By Pierre Geissmann, Claudine Geissmann
Child research has occupied a unique position within the background of psychoanalysis end result of the demanding situations it poses to practitioners and the clashes it has provoked between its advocates. because the early days in Vienna lower than Sigmund Freud baby psychoanalysts have attempted to understand and make understandable to others the psychosomatic problems of early life and to evolve scientific and healing techniques to the entire levels of improvement of the child, the kid, the adolescent and the younger adult.
Claudine and Pierre Geissmann hint the background and improvement of kid research during the last century and verify the contributions made by way of pioneers of the self-discipline, whose efforts to extend its theoretical foundations resulted in clash among colleges of idea, so much particularly to the rift among Anna Freud and Melanie Klein.
Now taught and practised greatly in Europe, america and South the US, baby and adolescent psychoanalysis is exclusive within the perception it provides into the mental points of kid improvement, and within the healing advantages it may possibly carry either to the kid and its family.
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Two points, however, are neglected here: (1) In a child hysteria occurring between six and eight we have no right at all to underestimate the previous history, since the decisive impressions occur in the years between two and four. The shortness of the period elapsing since these reminiscences is compensated by the magnitude of the changes that occur rapidly at this time in life. The second fact mentioned by Freud is ‘organic repression’. By that he means not a “cerebral” function, but a fact of civilization: the vertical position of the human being which represses smell, in particular.
The attentive reader will have understood that we have here the nub of a fundamental question. Jung’s objection is still evoked today, with a few variants, by a number of (adult) psychoanalysts. In effect, there is still a tendency to refer to the Freudian deferred-action theory, often placing it at the phase of puberty, in order to deny both the problem of the structure of infantile neuroses and the possibility of a cure by psychoanalytical means. Freud responds very quickly and with Carl Gustav Jung: divergent views 21 great precision.
Many of Freud’s students studied their children. It is a pity that we do not have any notes prior to October 1906, but, as early as 7 November 1906, Bass (a general practitioner) indicates that his child was extremely sensitive to light up to the age of 2; the sudden striking of a match would make him sneeze. On 23 January 1907 Federn observed that his child, aged 13, was showing an aversion to certain foods, which were those also disliked by his mother. On 27 March Reitler talks of a little girl of about 8 or 9, who he seems to know quite well.
A History of Child Psychoanalysis by Pierre Geissmann, Claudine Geissmann