This is a classic book on the usage of Psychoanalysis for the treatment of children with psychological problems. It was firstly published in 1967 undeThis is a classic book on the usage of Psychoanalysis for the treatment of children with psychological problems. It was firstly published in 1967 under the title "L´enfant, sa "malaise" et les autres" [The Child, her/his "disease" and the others].
Maud Mannoni opens the book with Freud's own conviction that: "Child Psychoanalysis, is THE Psychoanalysis". That was what the master said back in 1909 when he himself was in charge of the treatment and healing of a 5-year-old child with phobic neurosis.
Freud implied then the child as her/his own doctor: precisely when the child would be capable of verbalizing the sense of her/his own "disease": that is, to designate by words THAT which the symptom had as mission to hide out.
Freud was listening,while in psychotherapy, to what´s "missing in the symptom"...;the symptom was a kind of word.
The book refers the classical case of a boy named Hans. Here, family analysis played an important/decisive role in the healing process.
Then came the work of Mélanie Klein (approaching psychotic cases and the importance of the transference) and Anna Freud (the ego and the defense mechanisms), among many others.
(above, S. Freud and daughter Anna Freud)
Dutch-born Maud (Magdalena),spent her early childhood in Colombo, Ceylon, and studied criminology at Brussels university;had training analysis with Belgian Maurice Dugautiez; then, in France, was partly influenced by the works of Françoise Dolto, the "anti-psychiatry" movement (R.D. Laing) and J. Lacan.
The present book dedicates some chapters to single cases analysis: (1) Paul and the word of the doctor;(2) Carole or the silence of the mother,(3) Guy or the death of his father;(4) Mireille and her question. The book concludes with a reflection on the work of analysts and educators within an institution. Good. ...more
Quotes:“You would be amazed to find how often we mislead ourselves, regardless of how smart we think we are, when we attempt to explain why we are behQuotes:“You would be amazed to find how often we mislead ourselves, regardless of how smart we think we are, when we attempt to explain why we are behaving the way we do,”...“What people actually spend their money on in most instances are psychological differences, illusory brand images". ...or when product matters less than whims,fears and desires...subconscious ones.
Dichter studied psychoanalysis in Austria, under A.Adler,before coming to the USA.
Yes,we know a lot now on why we buy cigarettes,lighters,cars...and women buy lipsticks and stuff alike; yet:
When do patients stories (symptoms...) have a mythical character? Lacan focus on two cases: (1) "The man of the Rats", a case of obsessive neurosis; anWhen do patients stories (symptoms...) have a mythical character? Lacan focus on two cases: (1) "The man of the Rats", a case of obsessive neurosis; and (2) an episode of Goethe's youth, inserted in his "Dichtung und Wahrheit". Interesting approach.Important to recall the work of C. Lévi-Strauss, who first forged the expression "the individual myth"....more