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The Inner WorldA Psychoanalytical Study of Childhood and Society in India$
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Sudhir Kakar

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077152

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077152.001.0001

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Mothers and Infants

Mothers and Infants

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(p.61) Chapter III Mothers and Infants
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The Inner World
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Sudhir Kakar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077152.003.0017

This chapter suggests that infancy is the foundation for all later psychological experience. Moreover, the nature of an individual’s first relationship—with his mother—profoundly influences the quality and ‘dynamics’ of social relations throughout his life. The infant’s development and the relationship with the mother which nurtures it are optimal only when that relationship becomes a kind of psychological counterpart to the biological connection of pregnancy. The discussion considers the psycho-social matrix of infancy, feminine identity in India, the ‘good mother’, the ‘bad mother’, infancy and ego, and the origins of identity in a patriarchal culture.

Keywords:   feminine identity, infancy, ego, patriarchal culture, psychological experience

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