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Hermine von Hug-Hellmuth or the Impasses of an Objectivizing Conception of the Infantile

Abstract : As the first psychoanalyst working with children, Hermine von Hug-Hellmuth took a special interest in their games. Her theoretical and clinical work – related to Freudian orthodoxy – as well as her tragic and unique life – her theoretical imposture with the Journal of a Young Girl, her murder by her nephew (her main patient) – are quite unknown. In this article, we will study the echoes of these two aspects – life and work – given that in both cases, the Hug-Hellmuthian attempt to objectivize infantile had tragic consequences: for the therapist on the one hand, insofar as this conception led Hug-Hellmuth to her imposture plan and a subjective splitting, and for the patient on the other hand, insofar as the cure was thus conceived as a combination of inquisition and confidence. This study of a pioneer’s writings allows us to grasp the decisive impact of the conception of the infantile on the child cure.
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Marie Lenormand. Hermine von Hug-Hellmuth or the Impasses of an Objectivizing Conception of the Infantile. Recherches en psychanalyse, Université Paris 7- Denis Diderot, 2012, 13 (1), pp.73-86. ⟨hal-01326933⟩



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