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By Pierre Geissmann, Claudine Geissmann

Child research has occupied a unique position within the background of psychoanalysis as a result of the demanding situations it poses to practitioners and the clashes it has provoked between its advocates. because the early days in Vienna below Sigmund Freud baby psychoanalysts have attempted to appreciate and make understandable to others the psychosomatic problems of adolescence and to conform scientific and healing techniques to all of the levels of improvement of the newborn, the kid, the adolescent and the younger adult.

Claudine and Pierre Geissmann hint the heritage and improvement of kid research during the last century and verify the contributions made by way of pioneers of the self-discipline, whose efforts to extend its theoretical foundations ended in clash among faculties of concept, so much particularly to the rift among Anna Freud and Melanie Klein.

Now taught and practised extensively in Europe, the united states and South the United States, baby and adolescent psychoanalysis is exclusive within the perception it supplies into the mental elements of kid improvement, and within the healing advantages it may possibly convey either to the kid and its family.

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I hope to hear the same of you and your little barnyard. Very cordially…’. We do not have Emma’s reply to Freud, but a very moving, second letter was written by her on 6 November 1911 in which she tries to point out to Freud his paternalism. ‘Do not think of Carl with a father’s feeling: “He will grow, but I must dwindle,” but rather as one human being thinks of another, who, like you, has his own law to fulfil. Don’t be angry with me’. In this letter she mingles the fatherly feelings of Freud towards Jung and those towards his own children.

Yet where does the child get all these sexual stories from? The hypnosis is good and deep, but with the utmost innocence the child evades all suggestions for enacting the trauma. One A history of child psychoanalysis 20 thing is important: at the first setting she spontaneously hallucinated a ‘sausage which the woman said would get fatter and fatter’. ’ All that could possibly be wished of a transposition! But, since then, everything sexual has been completely occluded. No sign of D. pr [dementia praecox]!

On 16 March 1910, Friedjung talks about a little boy of 6 and a half. ) sleeps with him and perhaps the child has felt his father’s penis in erection. A history of child psychoanalysis 18 Whence a dream: a large black man plunges a rod into his chest. It would also seem that he had witnessed his parents during coitus—after a dream he started to make moaning noises similar to those made by his mother during coitus. However, things were not taken any further because Friedjung did not want to ask the child ‘suggestive’ questions.

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