By Pierre Geissmann, Claudine Geissmann

Child research has occupied a unique position within the heritage of psychoanalysis end result of the demanding situations it poses to practitioners and the clashes it has provoked between its advocates. because the early days in Vienna lower than Sigmund Freud baby psychoanalysts have attempted to realize and make understandable to others the psychosomatic problems of early life and to evolve scientific and healing ways to the entire levels of improvement of the newborn, the kid, the adolescent and the younger adult.

Claudine and Pierre Geissmann hint the heritage and improvement of kid research over the past century and examine the contributions made by way of pioneers of the self-discipline, whose efforts to extend its theoretical foundations ended in clash among faculties of idea, such a lot particularly to the rift among Anna Freud and Melanie Klein.

Now taught and practised largely in Europe, the united states and South the US, baby and adolescent psychoanalysis is exclusive within the perception it supplies into the mental points of kid improvement, and within the healing merits it may possibly convey either to the kid and its family.

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Problems of upbringing are mentioned; first, those within the scope of child psychoanalysis: Freud believed that the ‘pedagogical experiment’ (meaning sexual A history of child psychoanalysis 16 education) could have gone further in this case. But on the general problem of education, he had already adopted the sceptical position which he was to maintain throughout: the information gained by psychoanalysis…can claim with justice that it deserves to be regarded by educators as an invaluable guide in their conduct towards children.

Freud and Jung, 1974:199–200) On 25 January Freud replies: ‘But surely you recognize the main features of little Hans’ story. ’ In his following letters Jung insists on giving more details. ’ (9 March). Jung denies this, indicating on 11 March: ‘My Agathli’s achievements are original: she has never heard of Little Hans. ’ He gives a few more details: the difference from the analysis of Hans is that Jung, as he himself states, does not seem to interpret, at least not at the time. However, in the letter dated 10–13 July 1909, we learn that this observation has become an ‘analysis’.

Furthermore, the possibility of a deferred action at the age of 4 indicates that, at least from that age onwards, psychoanalysis of children is possible. Freud’s interest in the observation of children is unfailing and he demonstrates this outstandingly in the game with the reel, where he uses a game he has seen played by his grandson as a basis for his theory. This game with the reel, which we hesitate to quote since it has been mentioned so often—almost always misinterpreted and out of context— is important, we believe, because it constitutes a rare testimony to the attention Freud gave to children and because of the discovery it led to.

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