Psychoanalysis and maternal absence: from the traumatic to faith and trust

Research output: Book/ReportBook


"Experience of maternal absence manifests in a variety of ways and this book explores a selection of its emotional, psychical, and somatic consequences as they relate to an individual's relationship with their body, psychic-emotional internal life, and intimate relationships. This book is not about mothers, but how individuals handle the trauma of mothers they have not had. Spanning backgrounds such as the collective child-rearing method of the Kibbutz in Israel through to the possible difficulties of children who are parented by single parents, born out of sperm or egg donation, and adults who have suffered chronic sexual abuse, Shapira-Berman observes the precarious position of the analyst and the tension between the acts of witnessing and participating in client interventions. Espousing the values of authenticity and creativity, this text concludes with a reconfiguration of the roles of faith and trust within psychoanalysis and offers hope to those on their therapeutic journeys. This book will be a valuable resource for psychotherapists, as well as for various undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Object Relations, Childhood Trauma, Sexual Trauma and Clinical Therapy"--
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon; New York, NY
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages156
ISBN (Print)1032066458, 1032066474, 9781032066455, 9781032066479
StatePublished - 2022


Dive into the research topics of 'Psychoanalysis and maternal absence: from the traumatic to faith and trust'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this