From the Mother's Non-Desire to the Incestual Relationship between Father and Daughter

By Mireille Guittonneau

The organization of some families can only be understood when we link together two seemingly separate stages: an “incestual”[1] relationship with the father, supported by the mother’s non-desire for their daughter. This is why some girls accept such a relationship with their father: they try to exist in their mother’s eyes instead of being constantly erased from them. But this relationship, which is structured by their mother’s non-desire and often masked by cultural tradition, is fraught with consequences on their ability to integrate temporality: we observe a “dwarfed” temporality that can only be unfolded in the transference, in analytic work.[1]Neologism created by P.-C. Racamier to describe a form of incest without acts of incest: daily life is organized into the “equivalents” of incest.


  • incestual relationship
  • maternal non-desire
  • effacement of the subject and its cultural forms
  • dwarfed temporality
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