Mothers and Infants

Sudhir Kakar

in The Inner World

Fourth edition

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077152
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081103 | DOI:
Mothers and Infants

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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

Chapter.  29609 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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