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The Function of the Father in Psychoanalysis


The question of fatherhood is an important one not only for the individual and for psychoanalysis but for our society as a whole. In times when traditional family structures are changing and parenthood is no longer restricted to a man and a woman per se,

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  • March 1, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    My niece is soon to be 25. She is the mom of a 2.5 yr old little boy who I suspect has special needs and may be on the autism spectrum among other things. My niece, S lives with her boyfriend–the child’s father–mostly in name only. She is with their son all day, every day. He works second shift and is often not home til just after midnight. The little guy will get a daily hug and “hey buddy” from his daddy. And on days off, he will sometimes sit on his father’s lap as he spends hours playing video games. (The adult, not the little one LOL)
    My niece is in therapy now and is beginning to recognize and feel resentment that HER alcoholic father wasn’t more present and involved in her life. But then she finds herself living with and raising a child with an addict.
    Sometimes it seems like these destructive and dysfunctional cycles in families never end.

  • March 2, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Excellent and to the point paper.


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