The Two Mothers

Antagonistic and “Ravaging” Figures of the Mother
By Lyasmine Kessaci

When psychoanalysis takes into account the “figure of the mother”, it can identify at least two aspects of it. Freud tried to explain the difference between them, and Lacan definitely distinguished them. These two aspects of the mother show that the love, and the desire the mother has for her child, include a threat and a danger for him.This maternal ambivalence can be clarified by the Syndrome of “Munchausen by proxy,” which explains the importance of the ravage that this love and this desire can cause.


  • figures of the mother
  • female ravage
  • syndrome of Munchausen by proxy
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