I Story Making Words and Stories in Narrative Space 1 When the Story Doesnt Flow 21
II Maternal Erotic Transferences and Countertransferences The Maternal Erotic Transference 33 The Maternal Erotic Countertransference 61 The Birth of Desire 89
III Perversions: Derangements of Desire Perverse Narratives: The Threat of New Narratives 105 of Desire A Horrible Dry Hollow: Lost in Arid Deadspace 137
IV Permutations and Transformations Related to Gender Erotic Terror in Men: Fear of the Early Maternal 157 Erotic Transference Wheres Poppa? The Appearance of Paternal 173 Transferences in the Face of Early Maternal Transferences Oedipus and the Spruce Goose: A Narration of an 203 Oedipal Transition
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In this richly woven study of preoedipal erotic experience, Harriet Kimble Wrye and Judith Welles focus on patients for whom early mothering did not sustain the flowering and subsequent transformation of early erotic desire. Such patients remain under the sway of a primitive eroticism that is often sadistic and invariably perverse. Successful analytic work requires accepting and containing the patients primitive erotic needs; reconstructing the mother-infant narratives that sustain these needs; and mobilizing the patients transformative desire to grow out of maternal eroticism to an adult love of self and others.