By Otto Weininger
His e-book is an final result of an extremely vast and wealthy adventure. He observes very sensitively and exhibits how his figuring out of subconscious phantasy can throw gentle on such a lot various actions and relationships.-Hanna Segal, from her foreword
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Young couples often describe how their seven- to nine-month-old baby tries to push the father away when being held by the mother. The child phantasizes that the father will take what is the child's and might 'gang up' with the mother to retaliate for the child's taking and 'robbing'. In the above process the child uses aggressive energy to rob, and this is phantasized as destructive, or at least damaging. The destructive aspect is that the mother will be left with, or given, only bad objects by the baby, and the damaging aspect is that the baby will empty the mother of her internal goodness.
Thus the collection allows the child to avoid the aggressive content of impulses and phantasies. Whereas aggression means that the child must have damaged the breast, having such a large collection, with repression of the aggression, reassures the child that no damage was done. In this way, the guilt and retaliation can be avoided, at least for a little while. Some parents seem to need to give their children large numbers of dolls, cars, games or other toys. Perhaps they are trying to help their children not to phantasize retaliation-that is, they may have a very strong desire to be seen as 'good parents' who never frustrate their children.
In an effort to make sure that no more of the goodness of the breast was harmed, they contemplated suicide. Such children have little internal goodness to fall back on and few resources that tell them that they are good. Some children have large collections of toys or many friends as a way of coping with their greed. Then they can NOT FEARING THE OTHER 35 take such a 'little bit' from each object that none of the objects will realize that some of their 'goodness' has been taken, and there should be no retaliation.