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Description - The Shadow of the Second Mother by Prophecy Coles

The Shadow of the "Second Mother" explores why has there been such little interest, in psychology, social history and biography, in the important contribution that `second mothers', such as wet nurses and nannies, have had upon the emotional life of the children they have nursed. For the last three thousand years and throughout most civilisations they have nurtured the children of the privileged, and kept alive the abandoned and unwanted child, and yet there has been a profound silence surrounding the influence they may have had.

The author explores the lives of several well-known people who have been wet nursed, such as Michelangelo, Rousseau, Jack London, Nabokov and Klein. She speculates that they all were affected emotionally by their `second mother', and concludes that a universal feature of such delegated mothering seems to be that the bond between mother and child is broken, and the child may be left with a life-long distrust of close relationships. In The Shadow of the "Second Mother", Coles combines an exploration of attachment theory with neurology, making it possible to give an explanation as to why these important figures have lain unnamed and ignored in our social and psychological consciousness.

This intriguing new approach to an ancient practice will be fascinating reading for psychotherapists, psychoanalysts, sociologist and students of social history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415637213
ISBN-10: 041563721X
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 159mm x mm)
Pages: 136
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Prophecy Coles

Prophecy Coles trained at the Lincoln Centre for Psychotherapy, UK, and has had a long association with the London Centre for Psychotherapy. She has worked as a psychotherapist for 30 years and has published widely on the sibling relationship, femininity and transgenerational conflict.

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