Love for the Mother and Mother Love : 1939 : Alice Balint

by Julia Evans on January 1, 1939

Parts of this paper were first published under the title ‘Reality Sense and the Development of the Ability to Love’ in the S. Ferenczi Memorial Volume : Lélekelemzési tanulmányok, Budapest, 1933.

The final version appeared in German under the title ‘Liebe zur Mutter und Mutterliebe’ in Int. Z. f. Psa. u. Imago (1939), 24, 33-48,

Published in English in

International Journal of Psycho-Analysis – IJP : 1949 : Vol 30 : p251


p109-127 of ‘Primary Love & Psycho-analytic Technique’ : Michael Balint : Hogarth Press : 1952

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Reference by Jacques Lacan

Jacques Lacan refers to this paper in Seminar IV : 12th December 1956.   See Paragraph 14 & 28 of the Earl’s Court Collective’s translation.

From para 14 (provisional translation) : Alice Balint tells us…, that these things are done as they have always been done -, there, where the relationship is natural -, that is, in the wild, – where the child’s contact with the mother is maintained.

See Seminar IV : The Object Relation & Freudian Structures 1956-1957 : begins 21st November 1956 : Jacques Lacan for Earl’s Court Collectives’ translations.

Available, together with some notes and references, here


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