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Autism & Childhood Psychosis by Frances Tustin

By Frances Tustin

This is often Frances Tustin's first e-book and the unique assertion of her perspectives on autistic states of brain and the genesis of types of youth psychosis. In it, she tackles difficulties of prognosis as those relate to healing intervention.

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The interpretations concerned his feeling that the button was part of his mouth and the destructive feelings he had when he found that this was not so. He then felt he had a black hole and a nasty prick instead of a nice button. He felt he spat nasty things into the girl baby whom he felt took the button from him. But then he felt that she tried to spit it back at him and her nasty mouth seemed like flying birds. ) Without the button he felt that they could hurt him. He was afraid that he might lose his head or his penis as he felt he had lost the button.

A mother in an insecure and unhappy state very easily succumbs to attacks on her capacity to pay attention to her infant-to 'hold' him in her awareness. Such attacks may come from her own unresolved infantile problems, or from outside events and people, or from her own infant, or, more usually, from a combination of these. In the case of her own unresolved infantile problems, as she emphatically experiencesher infant's states she becomes PSYCHOTIC DEPRESSION pre-occupied with her own; attention is gone, her mind wanders.

They seem to be flexible moulds into which experience is cast, at a primitive level of emotional development, and which are modified by the experience so cast. When an innate form seems to coincide with a correspondence in the outside world, the child has the illusion that everything is synonymous and continuous with his own body stuff. In primitive states, pattern-seeking tendencies are active, but, since discrimination is minimal, any one part of the subject's own body, or other people's bodies, or objects in the environment, can be equated.

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