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Love in transference. Primary identification and maternal imago
Journal Title: PSICOANALISI 
Author/s: Gregorio Kohon 
Year:  2010 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  16 Pg. 5-20 FullText PDF:  477 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PSI2010-002001
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In a substantial number of female patients there seems to exist a primary identification with a maternal imago that is experienced only in extreme terms. The maternal imago epitomizes an omnipotent, all powerful, sublime, awe-inspiring, protective and sacred figure while it also personifies a vulnerable and pathetic figure, dominated by helplessness, sadness, illnesses and inhibitions. The unconscious memory of the subject’s connection and struggles with this primary imago of a mother/breast constitutes the (mythical) background against which later object relationships will have developed. They will be re-evoked, revisited and re-experienced subsequently in the situation of transference. Following on from Freud’s view in the Project, this constitutes a trauma that is only re-created, developed and understood après coup through the work of analysis.
Keywords: Transference, Primary identification, Maternal imago, Female patients, Trauma

Gregorio Kohon, Love in transference. Primary identification and maternal imago in "PSICOANALISI" 2/2010, pp. 5-20, DOI:10.3280/PSI2010-002001


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