The Woman Who Gave Birth To Her Mother : A psychoanalyst uses storytelling to explore the complex and, for some women, all-consuming and difficult mother-daughter relationship. The prolific Chernin envisions the psychological life of women as made up of seven stages: idealizing the mother, seeing her from a new perspective and revising the idealized image, blaming the mother and feeling rage toward her, forgiving her, identifying with her, letting go of the attachment to her, and finally taking one's life into one's own hands. This latter stage is marked by a breakthrough moment that Chernin calls "giving birth to one's mother." The symbolic new mother can now give birth to the daughter's new self, and thus is established a new mother-daughter relationship. To illustrate these stages, Chernin has created characters based loosely on real women she has known. 219 pages.
|Ciencias Sociales||Women's Studies|