Validity of psychoanalysis with children


It seems now that even childhood is forced to be as frantic as today’s changing social dynamics, whereby there is an urgent need for superficiality, consumerism, and uniformity which leads to the detriment of critical thought and social questioning. The sombre metaphor about the future as described by A. Huxley in his novel Brave new world has now become a chilling threat in its worst predictions. In this context, psychoanalysis continues to be relevant as an alternative for those who refuse to renounce basic human values. Relinquishing to a Utopian society means creating a less perfect but freer world where human subjectivity is neither mass-produced nor understood from unified variables such as genes, age, generic diagnostics, or ideal drugs.

Accepting that there is no way to progress from childhood without renouncing, mourning, experiencing pleasure or enigmas demands thinking, feeling and desiring. Psychoanalysis links to the child’s phobias, fears, desires and worries through the use of game, transforming the real traumas into a piece of drama in order to help the child create a version of his own story.

psychoanalysis, childhood, subjective singularity, play scene

Beatriz Salzberg
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