The wise baby as the voice of the true self.


Sandor Ferenczi wrote about a typical dream of the "Wise Baby" and later used this figure to represent the child who is traumatized into precocious wisdom, who becomes "the family psychiatrist." We discuss Ferenczi's theory of traumatization and the "split self," noting how it was taken up in D. W. Winnicott's "True Self/False Self" conceptualization. We… (More)


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@article{Bethelard1999TheWB, title={The wise baby as the voice of the true self.}, author={F Bethelard and Elisabeth Young-Bruehl}, journal={The Psychoanalytic quarterly}, year={1999}, volume={68 4}, pages={585-610} }