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4. Mother—infant psychotherapy: a classification of eleven psychoanalytic treatment strategies

Karnac Books ePub

Stella Acquarone

In this chapter I describe the wide range of psychotherapeutic interventions with parents and infants who are experiencing difficulties in their relationships or in themselves. For this purpose I introduce the theme from its clinical and social observation perspectives and then describe the setting up of a project, the Parent Infant Clinic, followed by the theoretical background. Specific psychoanalytic instruments are explored, concluding with a description of the different kinds of intervention, arranged according to various client groups.

There is a group of children who, from birth, are reported to have difficulty in thriving, bonding, coping with anxiety, or tolerating frustrations. The mother’s attitude often contributes to the problem. The result is emotional disturbance, expressed as continuous screaming for no apparent reason, breath-holding, feeding difficulties, sleeping difficulties, or similar symptoms.

There is a common pattern in children who are referred for psychotherapy, who are receiving special education, who are in foster care, who have been institutionalized, or who have suffered from non-accidental injury. From a very early stage of their development, these children have shown symptoms that have been confirmed by one or more professionals working with them. These symptoms could include sleeping difficulties, withdrawal, hyper-activity, and so forth.

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1. The Antebellum and Civil War Years

by Richard F. Selcer UNT Press ePub

Chapter 1

From the beginning, Fort Worth, Texas, has been a community where Southern values and attitudes intersected with Western values and attitudes; both are part of our genetic code today, but they had to come from somewhere. Fort Worth began life in the mid-nineteenth century as a frontier settlement built by migrants from the Deep South who combined the racial prejudices of that region with the greater tolerance and openness of the Wild West. This combination could not help but have an effect on blacks and whites alike.

Slavery arrived on the twin forks of the Trinity almost with the first white men. The earliest settler in the area was Tennessee-born Edward S. Terrell who arrived in 1843. He was a contract supplier for the U.S. Army who made a killing in 1856 by selling his entire herd to the Fort Richardson garrison. He then invested some of the proceeds in slaves to sell to the incoming homesteaders who like himself were mostly Southerners.1

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3 - Convergent Suspicions

Jean Godefroy Bidima Indiana University Press ePub

PALABRE EXORCISES, CHANNELS, and sometimes authorizes the use of social violence. Its function is to stage public confrontation, a spectacle in which the self grapples with its other. And yet, there are institutions in Africa competing equally with palabre in the project of reducing alterity. These include traditional powers, colonization, single-parties, and the false pluralism of present-day regimes.

The primary competitor to palabre is found in traditional societies’ existing forms of domination. We are not talking about one group's submission to another after a military victory, where an essentially physical form of domination is founded exclusively on force. Rather, we are interested in forms of domination whose foundation is metaphysical and on whose popular support authorities can rely without needing constraint: in other words, those forms originating in myths, symbols, and customs. These forms of authority are derived from genealogy and sexual difference, aristocratic systems, secret societies, age classes, and age hierarchy. These factors can govern palabres but are never vulnerable to their judgment.

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Chapter 3 Secrets of Successful Enterprising Families

Cohen, Allan Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

In 1745 Johann Diederich Neuhaus (JDN) built his first wooden shaft winch for the locks and the horse-drawn barges on the Ruhr river in Witten, Germany. Could he have known that in the vicinity of his family home he had laid the foundation of a company that would become a world leader in effortless movement of heavy loads? Seven generations after its foundation, JDN, led by Wilfried Neuhaus-Galladé, is one of the forty-four Henokien1 companies. (To become a member of the Henokien association, a company must have been in existence for over 200 years and be actively controlled and managed by the founders’ descendants.) Over the years, the winch forge has been transformed into a globally operating specialist for pneumatic and hydraulic hoists. While adapting to the changing market needs, each generation of this enterprising family has added a unique layer of entrepreneurial contributions to build on the work of previous generations. Today, JDN produces over 8,000 hoists a year for seventy industries across ninety countries. Meeting complex safety standards, its products work effectively in conditions ranging from icy to extreme heat.

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Choice 22: The Power of Purpose

Manz, Charles C. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.

—Viktor Frankl95

Difficult challenges and difficult feelings are an inevitable part of life. Sometimes things can seem so dark and gloomy that it may be all we can do just to carry on with our work and lives. These times are especially challenging when our efforts lack a sense of purpose. Eventually we must all face the questions: “What has my life contributed of lasting value? What was it all about? Why was I here at all?” And when these times come, we will be greatly aided if we have exercised the emotional discipline to harness the power of purpose.180

In his book The Power of Purpose, Richard Leider wrote:

Purpose is that deepest dimension within us—our central core or essence—where we have a profound sense of who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going. Purpose is the quality we choose to shape our lives around. Purpose is a source of energy and direction.96

Indeed, when life is its most challenging, we need a sense of meaning and purpose to provide us with the energy and direction that can help us sustain ourselves. But what can provide us with the sense of purpose we need? One primary source of purpose is service to others that is driven by an altruistic spirit. For those who might question the realism of prescribing altruistic service as a valuable source of finding meaningful purpose in our seemingly self-centered world, a creative perspective on the subject was proposed years ago.181

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