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The Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhood By Barbara Almond Berkeley, CA : University of California Press , 2010 .

The Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhood By Barbara Almond Berkeley, CA : University of... Millions of eyes were riveted on the television coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial for many months this summer. Accused of murdering her two year old daughter Caylee, Ms Anthony was frequently portrayed in opposites; she was a devoted mother who adored her child and lovingly attended to her needs; she was a seductress obsessed with partying having been spotted at nightclubs living the “bella vita” as the tattoo on her shoulder proclaimed. Who was the real Casey Anthony? Her ultimate acquittal was met with mixed feelings; relief for many, and for others outrage. In 1947, D. W. Winnicott, the pediatrician turned psychoanalyst said, “Let me give some reasons why mothers hate their babies … the baby is ruthless, treats her as scum, an unpaid servant, a slave. He is suspicious, refuses her good food, makes her doubt herself …” (Winnicott, 1947/ , p. 201). Given the challenges of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, why do we as a society continue to adhere to an idealized view of mothers, as all giving, all knowing providers? When so much can and does go wrong for children and their mothers, how and why is this notion perpetuated? And what is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies Wiley

The Monster Within: The Hidden Side of Motherhood By Barbara Almond Berkeley, CA : University of California Press , 2010 .

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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1742-3341
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1556-9187
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10.1002/aps.1347
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Millions of eyes were riveted on the television coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial for many months this summer. Accused of murdering her two year old daughter Caylee, Ms Anthony was frequently portrayed in opposites; she was a devoted mother who adored her child and lovingly attended to her needs; she was a seductress obsessed with partying having been spotted at nightclubs living the “bella vita” as the tattoo on her shoulder proclaimed. Who was the real Casey Anthony? Her ultimate acquittal was met with mixed feelings; relief for many, and for others outrage. In 1947, D. W. Winnicott, the pediatrician turned psychoanalyst said, “Let me give some reasons why mothers hate their babies … the baby is ruthless, treats her as scum, an unpaid servant, a slave. He is suspicious, refuses her good food, makes her doubt herself …” (Winnicott, 1947/ , p. 201). Given the challenges of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, why do we as a society continue to adhere to an idealized view of mothers, as all giving, all knowing providers? When so much can and does go wrong for children and their mothers, how and why is this notion perpetuated? And what is

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International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic StudiesWiley

Published: Mar 1, 2013

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