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Author Almond, Barbara.

Title The monster within : the hidden side of motherhood / Barbara Almond.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010.

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 Moore Stacks  HQ759 .A436 2010    Available  ---
Description xxvi, 265 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Mixed feelings about motherhood, uncertainty over having a child, fears of pregnancy and childbirth, or negative thoughts about one's own children, are not just hard to discuss, they are a powerful social taboo. In this book, the author brings this issue to light. She uncovers the roots of ambivalence, tells how it manifests in lives of women and their children, and describes a spectrum of maternal behavior, from normal feelings to highly disturbed mothering. In a society where perfection in parenting is the unattainable ideal, this book also shows how women can affect positive change in their lives.
Contents The ubiquity of maternal ambivalence -- Motherlove: the power of maternal desire -- The subtle ambivalence of the too-good mother -- "Before the beginning": women's fears of monstrous births -- Women's reproductive fears: more clinical examples -- Rachel's story: internalized ambivalence and the dangers of hidden guilt -- Whose fault is it? The externalization of ambivalence -- When fears are realized -- From the child's point of view -- Vampyric mothering: from stage moms to invasive moms -- The darkest side of motherhood: child murder -- What happens later: the fate of maternal ambivalence -- What's a mother to do?
Subject Motherhood -- Psychological aspects.
Mother and child -- Psychological aspects.
Love, Maternal -- Psychological aspects.
ISBN 9780520267138 (alk. paper)