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This article was chosen from our archives (Spring, 2002) to generate current discussion on the topic of the impact of prenatal and perinatal psychology on society and culture.
As a result of the research conducted by prenatal psychology into psychological and emotional experiences before and during birth, a whole new dimension has been added to our life-history. We are now able to recognize that human cultural artifacts and activities have to some extent always expressed prenatal and perinatal feelings and by doing so have familiarized us with an alien world by allowing us to “ rediscover” the microcosm of our prenatal life in the macrocosm of the world. This is illustrated using several examples, such as the mythical ideas about kings (prenatal feeling of power), the holy trees (placenta) and the holy chambers (uterine space), among others.
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