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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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Change Means Loss: Spring and Summer Must Become Winter

Change Means Loss: Spring and Summer Must Become Winter

(p.50) V Change Means Loss: Spring and Summer Must Become Winter
Haunted by Parents

Leonard Shengold

Yale University Press

This chapter considers the inherent human (conservative) tendency to resist change. It argues that for patients in psychoanalysis or in any psychological treatments, where transference of emotions toward figures from the past is evoked, worked with, and flourishes, the promise and especially the bad expectations of spring and of summer gardens can, if the treatment “takes,” inevitably become connected with the analyst's vacation. The ghosts of the parents and parental figures from the past and the intense feelings connected with them are revived and transferred onto the analyst in the present.

Keywords:   change, psychoanalysis, transference, parents

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