By Salman Akhtar
Betrayal underlies all psychic trauma, even if sexual abuse or profound forget, violence or treachery, extramarital affair or embezzlement. once we betray others, we violate their self assurance in us. whilst others betray us, they pierce the veil of our blameless reliance. Betraying and feeling betrayed are ubiquitous to the situations of trauma and but unusually ignored as a subject matter of particular realization by means of psychoanalysis.
This ebook fills this hole. Its first half offers with developmental facets and notes that whereas the adventure of betrayal should be ubiquitous in formative years, its loss of attractiveness through the fogeys is what results in fixation upon it. the second one a part of the booklet offers with literature and elucidates the myriad ways that the topic of betrayal seems to be in Shakespeare’s writings and in Oscar Wilde’s poem The Ballad of examining Gaol. Its ultimate half relates to medical issues and has chapters at the compulsion to betray others and the subconscious must be betrayed, the betrayal of a sacred belief within the type of youth sexual abuse, extra-marital affairs, and the betrayal of sufferers via their analysts within the kind of boundary violations.
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It became clear in our work together that she was also very much identified with her mother. Within this identification with mother, Bella often devalued herself as seen in her music and in her relationships. This was played out within the transference as she denigrated and demeaned herself in an effort to punish herself, while keeping me interested. Bella’s analysis was terminated prematurely when she accepted an offer to join an orchestra in Europe. While it was clear to both Bella and myself that we had further work to accomplish, we were both satisfied that she was in a much better position to move forward with her life.
9). The child must be able to cope with the realisation that her fantasy of blissful romantic perfection with her parent of choice is a myth. It is at this time that the child begins to see and understand that her parents are loyal to one another and they share intimacy and sexual passion from which she is excluded. As this is realised, the child may have a “sense of being small, sexually and romantically impotent, even insignificant” (Davies, 2003, p. 10). Talking of Bella again From Bella’s narrative, I surmise that she did not experience the necessary painful disappointments that accompany Oedipal resolution but instead continued to believe that she had won her daddy while mommy slept.
Lerner (1976), spoke of “parental mislabeling of female genitals” as a cause of grave psychological consequences resulting in the girl feeling like she has something less than the boy which contributes to the girl’s penis envy. Lerner reasons that “[P]enis envy is not really a wish for a penis … but rather may reflect the wish to validate and have ‘permission’ for female sexual organs” (1976, p. 269). Parens, Pollock, Stern & Kramer (1976) take a different theoretical pathway into the Oedipal complex for little girls.
Betrayal: Developmental, Literary and Clinical Realms by Salman Akhtar