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Papers on baby psychology, schooling, and individuation, underlining the overpowering value of folks and lecturers within the genesis of the highbrow, feeling, and emotional issues of adolescence. the ultimate paper bargains with marriage as an reduction or hindrance to self-realization.

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PSYCHIC CONFLICTS IN A CHILD 45 46 47 48 adult, rests not least upon the fact that some of the old theories are still alive in our unconscious. We experience a strange and mysterious feeling whenever a fragment of our remotest youth stirs into life again, not actually reaching consciousness, but merely shedding a reflection of its emotional intensity on the conscious mind. The problem of how the child gets into the mother is a diffi­ cult one to solve. As the only way of getting things into the body is through the mouth, it stands to reason that the mother ate something like a fruit, which then grew inside her.

61 The new knowledge was, however, put into practice the fol­ lowing day. " Her mother was naturally astounded, and said, "I am quite certain your 28 I. " Whereupon the little one skipped away laughing. 62 This was her revenge. Her mother evidently would not or could not tell her how the eyes grew into the head; she didn't even know how Freddie had got into her. Therefore she could easily be led up the garden path with that old story about the stork. She might believe it still. # 63 # # The child was now satisfied, for her knowledge had been enriched and a difficult problem solved.

Identity derives essentially from the notorious unconsciousness of the small child. Therein lies the connection with the primitive, for the primitive is as unconscious as a child. Unconsciousness means non-differentiation. There is as yet no clearly differentiated ego, only events which may belong to me or to another. It is sufficient that somebody should be affected by them. The extraordinary infectiousness of emotional reactions then makes it certain that everybody in the vicinity will involuntarily be affected.

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