By Pierre Geissmann, Claudine Geissmann

Child research has occupied a unique position within the historical past of psychoanalysis due to 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 realize and make understandable to others the psychosomatic issues of formative years and to evolve scientific and healing techniques to all of the phases of improvement of the child, the kid, the adolescent and the younger adult.

Claudine and Pierre Geissmann hint the historical past and improvement of kid research during the last century and investigate the contributions made by means of pioneers of the self-discipline, whose efforts to extend its theoretical foundations ended in clash among colleges of inspiration, such a lot significantly to the rift among Anna Freud and Melanie Klein.

Now taught and practised broadly in Europe, america and South the USA, baby and adolescent psychoanalysis is exclusive within the perception it provides into the mental features of kid improvement, and within the healing merits it might carry either to the kid and its family.

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However, the analysis of children is a difficult art. Abraham nevertheless encouraged his pupils and analysands to practise it. This was the case with Melanie Klein, whom he encouraged to continue with the analysis of her son when she hesitated, faced with the anxiety symptoms he presented. On 7 October 1923, Abraham wrote to Freud (Freud and Abraham, 1965:339): In the last few months, Mrs Klein has skilfully conducted the psychoanalysis of a three-year-old with good therapeutic results. This child presented a true picture of the basic depression [Urmelancholie] which I postulated in close combination with oral erotism.

Another reason why the child fails to talk about it is that, as your observation shows, she enters immediately and fully into the transference, as your observation also shows. (1974:48) In fact, in his answer, Freud assumed that they were talking about analysis and not hypnosis. e. silence). In 1908 we note a significant bone of contention in the correspondence. On 14 April Freud writes: ‘Oddly enough, I have been reading in your Amsterdam paper that child hysteria does not enter this context [Jung had written that, “In any case, hysteria in children and the psychotraumatic neuroses form a group apart”] whereas I myself have been toying with the idea of working up my analysis of hysterical phobia in a five-yearold boy for the Congress’ (1974:81).

Finally, one must after all leave something to the reader’s imagination. I wonder very much what the critics will make of this feminine counterpart to Little Hans (‘Poor little boy, poor little girl’2). (1974:350) Jung does not only relate his observations of Agathli. In another text he mentions little ‘Freddy’, who seems to have been Manfred Bleuler. Eugen Bleuler does not seem to have appreciated the publication of this material (see letter from Freud to Jung dated 26 April 1910; 1974:312). Jung even took an interest in Martin, one of Freud’s sons, but does not go as far as publishing the material concerning him (letters dated 18 January and 17 February 1911; 1974:384 and 394, respectively).

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