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This article presents Analytic-Aesthetic Arttherapy, an approach from Klaus Evertz to working with and treating conflicted pregnancy through a psychodynamic lens.
Pregnancy conflicts have a wide range of content and many levels. This paper deals with some predominantly unconscious psychodynamic aspects, which are expressed in strong, ambiguous feelings about the pregnancy, but can often not be explicitly addressed because the social taboos around certain anxiety-related topics are still too great and often the counseling and therapy resources are inadequate to meet the need.
Unconscious abortive tendencies often stem from unresolved pre-and perinatal and early-child trauma of the parents or transgenerational conflicts of the family. An abortion may be an emergency solution for unbearable unconscious pain, fright, and agony, i.e. out of the couple’s deep fear of killing the child later, the embryo must be aborted. The real child in the uterus is confused with the traumatized “inner child” of the father or the mother. These processes are unconscious, but strongly motivate action and are very complex. Therefore, they rarely appear in a public discussion.
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