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Torn In Two: Maternal Ambivalence

Rozsika Parker

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Prose: non-fiction, Psychology

Can conflicting emotions of love and hate for a child actually have a creative impact on mothering

New, revised edition of this bold and exciting book.

More and more women confess uneasily to finding motherhood as much a source of pain as pleasure. Rozsika Parker presents a new understanding of maternal ambivalence, suggesting that the coexistence of love and hate can stimulate and sharpen a mother's awareness of what is going on between her and her child. Drawing on interviews, clinical material from her practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a range of literary sources, Torn in Two is original and accessible. With new readings of the work of Klein, Winnicott, Bowlby and others, this book offers invaluable - and often reassuring - insight into the conflicts confronting women at every stage of motherhood.

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Praise for Torn In Two: Maternal Ambivalence

  • TORN IN TWO is a major and novel contribution to our understanding of the complexities of motherhood with implications that branch out in many directions - Juliet Mitchell

  • Gripping stuff. - IRISH TIMES

  • Her book may help reassure other mothers that they are not alone in experiencing such bewildering, contradictory emotions towards their children. - THE TIMES

  • A very rich book full of case material. - SELF AND SOCIETY

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Rozsika Parker

Rozsika Parker is a psychotherapist in practice in London where she lives with her children. She has had books published in the fields of art history and psychoanalysis.

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