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Psychothérapie périnatale transculturelle

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The author defines the concepts of psychic envelope and containing function, with particular reference to the way they have developed in post-kleinian theory. Other metaphors such as the supportive internal object are discussed in addition to that of the envelope in order to explore feelings of inner security and of living inside one's own skin. After outlining how the envelope is constructed and the containing function internalized, the author goes on to highlight the impact on clinical practice and treatment procedures of designing models of such concepts as envelope and containment. Finally, the application of methodologies based on these ideas is discussed, with special reference to the technique of careful observation as developed by Esther Bick and Martha Harris.
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