By Donald Meltzer, Martha Harris, Meg Harris Williams
This quantity features a consultant collection of talks and writings via Martha Harris and Donald Meltzer at the key developmental section of formative years, from their teachings either individually and jointly over decades. comparable books in this subject by means of those authors have existed for it slow in Italian and in Spanish yet no longer in the past in English.
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I have been speaking today about adolescence from a perspective which emphasizes the problem of knowledge, of understanding, and therefore of identity. I have described how during latency the child experiences this disappointment in his parents, particularly in relation to his theory that they know everything, can do everything, and how he discovers that they don’t know how to do anything and that it is only with difficulty that they can do anything at all. This throws him into a state of almost 30 ADOLESCENCE total confusion and puts paid to the theory that he had during the period of latency, that is to say that he only had to be good and that the adults would show him everything he needed to know.
From this stems the adolescent preoccupation with clothing. It is due to these primitive phantasies of entering into the object, that accompany projective identification, that there emerges a gender confusion. This confusion is expressed in the adolescent’s worry about the development of his body and appropriate sexual characteristics. The gender confusion is aggravated by the entry into bisexuality at the time of adolescence. These two kinds of confusion— between male and female and between good and bad—when combined, cause confusion between good sexuality and perverse sexuality.
When she first went to boarding school she felt desperately miserable, although she did not remember this until feelings of intense depression came up later on in her analysis. But it seems she managed to shake off this misery by becoming witty, amusing, a good storyteller, and the centre of a group of girls who admired her. Her first boyfriend at school was the brother of one of her best friends. This was when she was seventeen and a half, and she had intercourse with him on one or two occasions that seem to have left her quite untouched.