Jung: Necessarily his mother’s son?

By Brigitte Allain-Dupré

The author develops the concept of kinship in an approach to maternal inheritance, the opposite of the paternal concept conveyed by Freudian theory. Citing the first chapters of Memories, Dreams, Reflections on young Carl Gustav Jung’s access to identity, the author suggests the hypothesis that the psyche of the young child, invaded by maternal depression, creates a symbolic container to hide secrets that are unshared and unshareable with his parents, especially his mother. This container, like Bion’s apparatus for thinking, supports the “intellectual differentiation of the consciousness” that would be its Jungian equivalent.

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