Through the "hostage parent" figure, the Author wishes to seize a phenomenon present in western societies and work with it from a psychoanalytical point of view. This phenomenon is related to the powerlessness of parents and, in the greater scheme, of adults, in dealing with younger generations. The expression "hostage parent" denotes both an internal condition of the parents and a shared unconscious fantasy on the quality and the dynamics of parent-child bonds. The "hostage parent" figure stresses the fact, detected during clinical work, that the parent who renounces his function with his children becomes hostage to feelings of guilt which, in turn, increase his Super-Ego sadism. One of the main matters the Author deals with is the psychoanalytic work with parents, to create an opening towards reparation opportunities and a process of self-appropriation.
Keywords: Sadistic Super-Ego, Ideal-Ego, Ego Ideal, "concern", psychic responsibility.