ANGELS IN THE NURSERY

  ALICIA F. LIEBERMAN, ELENA PADRO´ N, PATRICIA VAN HORN, AND WILLIAM W. HARRIS San Francisco General Hospital and University of California, San Francisco ABSTRACT:  Fraiberg and her colleagues (1975) introduced the metaphor “ghosts in the nursery” to de- scribe…

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  ALICIA F. LIEBERMAN, ELENA PADRO´ N, PATRICIA VAN HORN, AND WILLIAM W. HARRIS San Francisco General Hospital and University of California, San Francisco ABSTRACT:  Fraiberg and her colleagues (1975) introduced the metaphor “ghosts in the nursery” to de- scribe the…

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ANGELS IN THE NURSERY: THE INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION OF BENEVOLENT PARENTAL INFLUENCES A grandfather observes from a distance while his son, a young father, attends tenderly to his own new baby. The joy he feels in watching them brings back a…

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GHOSTS IN THE NURSERY: IDENTIFICATION WITH THE AGGRESSOR   The image of ghosts in the nursery has become a metaphor of unsurpassed power since Selma Fraiberg coined it nearly 30 years ago to describe the parents’ excruciating enactment with their…

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ANGELS IN THE NURSERY: THE TRANSMISSION OF NURTURING EXPERIENCES IN EARLY DEVELOPMENT           The pivotal role of human relationships in shaping the sense of self, beginning at birth with the mother – child bond, has been…

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ANGELS IN A TRAUMATIC PAST: IDENTIFICATION WITH THE PROTECTOR           The traumatized parents and children that we treat manifest a broad range of reactions to their life experiences. Some of the parents grimly reenact the troubled…

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ANGELS IN THE NURSERY AS THERAPEUTIC AGENTS           In our treatment of stressed and traumatized infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and their parents, we are confirming and extending to younger ages findings about the importance of two…

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CONCLUSIONS: IMPLICATIONS FOR RESEARCH AND PSYCHOTHERAPY “Angels in the nursery,” representing the repetition of benevolent past experiences in the present, can serve as agents of positive influence in the lives of parents and children. Within the therapeutic context, these benevolent…

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