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  • The_Bad_Wolf shared from The Psycho-Analysis Of Children (Contemporary Classics) by The Melanie Klein Trust
    if, because its anxiety is too great or for realistic reasons, its Oedipus objects have not become good imagos, other persons, such as a kindly nurse, brother or sister, a grandparent or an aunt or uncle can, in certain circumstances, take over the role of the ‘good’ mother or the ‘good’ father.fn70 In this way its positive feelings, whose growth has been inhibited owing to its excessive fear of its Oedipus objects, can come to the fore and attach themselves to a love-object.
  • The_Bad_Wolf shared from The Psycho-Analysis Of Children (Contemporary Classics) by The Melanie Klein Trust
    Another thing which plays a very important part in the development of the child is the presence in its early life of a person, besides its father or mother, whom it looks upon as a ‘helping’ figure and who gives it support in the external world against its phantastic fears. In dividing its mother into a ‘good’ mother and a ‘bad’ one and its father into a ‘good’ father and a ‘bad’ one, it attaches the hatred it feels for its object to the ‘bad’ one or turns away from it, while it directs its restorative trends to its ‘good’ mother and ‘good’ father and, in phantasy,...
  • The_Bad_Wolf shared from The Psycho-Analysis Of Children (Contemporary Classics) by The Melanie Klein Trust
    if she does believe that she has well and truly given her mother back the ‘good’ contents of her body she becomes afraid of having endangered her own person by doing so. These sources of anxiety give rise, furthermore, to a special distrust in the girl towards her mother.
  • The_Bad_Wolf shared from The Psycho-Analysis Of Children (Contemporary Classics) by The Melanie Klein Trust
    But this impulsion runs counter to another impulsion, itself strengthened by the same fear, to take away everything her mother has got in order to save her own body. At this stage of her development, therefore, the girl is governed by a compulsion both to take away and to give back,
  • The_Bad_Wolf shared from The Psycho-Analysis Of Children (Contemporary Classics) by The Melanie Klein Trust
    The act of having demolished the child [inside her mother] is equated in her phantasy with the complete demolition of that reservoir from which she draws the satisfaction of all her mental and physical needs. This fear, which is of such tremendous importance in the mental life of the small girl, goes to strengthen still further the ties that bind her to her mother. It gives rise to an impulsion to make restitution and give her mother back all that she has taken from her—an impulsion which finds expression in numerous sublimations of a specifically feminine kind.