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'Black holes': escaping the void.
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PMID:  23351000     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The 'black hole' is a metaphor for a reality in the psyche of many individuals who have experienced complex trauma in infancy and early childhood. The 'black hole' has been created by an absence of the object, the (m)other, so there is no internalized object, no (m)other in the psyche. Rather, there is a 'black hole' where the object should be, but the infant is drawn to it, trapped by it because of an intrinsic, instinctive need for a 'real object', an internalized (m)other. Without this, the infant cannot develop. It is only the presence of a real object that can generate the essential gravity necessary to draw the core of the self that is still in an undeveloped state from deep within the abyss. It is the moving towards a real object, a (m)other, that relativizes the absolute power of the black hole and begins a reformation of its essence within the psyche.
Sharn Waldron
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of analytical psychology     Volume:  58     ISSN:  1468-5922     ISO Abbreviation:  J Anal Psychol     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376573     Medline TA:  J Anal Psychol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  99-117     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2013, The Society of Analytical Psychology.
Cambridge, UK.
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