Ghosts in the nursery revisited. Authors; Authors and Clinical studies in infant mental health: The first year of life, Fraiberg, S. (Ed.). Basic Books, Inc., New York . Ghosts in the nursery. A psychoanalytic approach to the problems of impaired infant-mother relationships. Fraiberg S, Adelson E, Shapiro V. PMID: Ghosts in the NurseryA Psychoanalytic Approach to the Problems of Impaired Infant-Mother Relationships Selma Fraiberg, Edna.

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To read full text article click here For other Work by Selma Fraiberg: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Retrieved from ” https: Infant-parent psychotherapy is used when the parents have their own struggles from their past which prevent them from developing an attachment with their child.

Selma Fraiberg – Wikipedia

She found that blind babies had three problems to overcome: Is it so hideous to others that they are repulsed by it? This therapy technique is used when parents are still capable of being good parents, but simply need assistance in how to practice that.

Selma Fraiberg’s research revolved around discovering the effects of visual deprivation in infants. In her paper “Ghosts in the Nursery,” Fraiberg said problems in infant development and attachment stem from the ghosts of their parents.


She died four months later on December 19, at the age of Fraiberg developed a new technique to approach infant and parent treatment.

Nkrsery often manifest as symptoms, deep emotional wounds, and broken relationships.

I grew up with a Pacifist mother and a Passive-aggressive father. In the above mentioned paper, the thesis and conclusion are clear.

Selma Fraiberg

However, I think it is worth pointing out that in general childhood is hard to remember, ghosts abound, and many of us repeat.

One technique she proposed was called “kitchen table therapy. She is emotionally cut off from her, and preoccupied with the thought of abandoning her, and giving her up for adoption. A psychoanalytic approach to the problems of impaired thee relationships. This page was last edited on 9 Marchat For this I truly apologize.

Ghosts in The Nursery: How the Past Affects the Present

Notify me of new comments via email. Journal of Aesthetic Education. Louis Fraiberg, who she met while studying at Wayne State University. A psycho-analytic approach to impaired infant-mother relationships”. This was also questioned when Toni would not smile in response to hearing a voice of anyone except her mother around the age of eight months old. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

The ghosts that Fraiberg refers to are the kind that are unseen, tormented, and tormenting. Her unconscious is fixated on the conflicts and dilemmas of past adult figures, and she is repeating their experience identifying with the aggressor rather than identifying with the victimized child in the situation.


If our ghosts are more of the sadistic variety rather than a friendly crew it becomes especially important to turn on the lights, and stare the ghosts straight into their core PAIN…the pain that they harbor and the pain they inflict.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. I agree with the central premise of the article, despite how simple it sounds: I used passive-aggressive behavior to respond to your ghsots blog. In Defense of Mothering, a study of the early mother-child relationship in which she argued that all subsequent development is based on the quality of the child’s first attachments.

Angels in the nursery: Brief crisis intervention was used when there was few, specific, situational events that resulted in a lack of helping the child develop. According to the article, they are usually, the abusive voices. Violence-related posttraumatic stress and reflective functioning.

However, they continue to be the building blocks of infant mental health today.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Both were keenly interested in young blind people.