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Haunted by Parents$
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Leonard Shengold

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300116106

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300116106.001.0001

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A Third Literary Example—Sergei Timofeevich Aksakov

A Third Literary Example—Sergei Timofeevich Aksakov

(p.131) X A Third Literary Example—Sergei Timofeevich Aksakov
Haunted by Parents

Leonard Shengold

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the life of Russian author Sergei Timofeevich Aksakov. It suggests that Aksakov's relative objectivity about his grandparents and his parents did not prevent him from being haunted by them. We are all so haunted, but the intensity of the haunting exists over a wide spectrum. The pathology (symptoms and inhibitions and character distortions) is present alongside the benefits of the positive side of our psychic internalizations of our parents and the retention of our early reactions to them.

Keywords:   Russian author, parents, character distortions, pathology

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