`My congratulations to Colin Feltham for assembling a set of contentious issues and lively authors which together made me forget my surroundings' - Person-Centred Practice `Editor Colin Feltham's choice of topics shows an astute, on the ground awareness of the issues that dog the industry, while still making lively reading' - New Therapist In this book, leading practitioners, critics and commentators take sides on many topical and core debates including: · Theoretical issues: Does the unconscious really exist? Is birth trauma a fiction? Should one believe in `false memories'? · Clinical issues: Is ther
Chapter 5: The Trauma of Birth
The Trauma of Birth
Otto Rank, in 1929, was the first person to deal seriously with the trauma of birth as possibly important for psychotherapy. His ideas (Rank, 1952) were welcomed by Freud at first, but were later discarded as a potential threat to the pre-eminence of the Oedipus complex. One of Rank's patients was Nandor Fodor (1949), who himself became a psychiatrist and focused his clinical attention on the formative experiences of birth. Francis Mott (1959), a British psychiatrist and a patient of Fodor's, wrote extensively on the mythological and dream content of prenatal and perinatal life, publishing several books on this between 1948 and 1964. Frank Lake (1980) was influenced by Mott's work, and was one of the first British ...