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Author Almond, Barbara.

Title The monster within [electronic resource] : the hidden side of motherhood / Barbara Almond.

Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010.

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Description 1 online resource (xxvi, 265 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-254) and index.
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?
Summary Whether it is uncertainty over having a child, fears of pregnancy and childbirth, or negative thoughts about one's own children, mixed feelings about motherhood are not just hard to discuss, they are a powerful social taboo. In this beautifully written book, Barbara Almond draws on her extensive clinical experience to bring this highly troubling issue to light. In a compelling portrait of the hidden side of contemporary motherhood, she finds that ambivalence of varying degrees is a ubiquitous phenomenon, yet one that too often causes anxiety, guilt, and depression. Weaving together case histor.
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Subject Motherhood -- Psychological aspects.
Mother and child -- Psychological aspects.
Love, Maternal -- Psychological aspects.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Almond, Barbara. Monster within. Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010 9780520267138 (DLC) 2010020836 (OCoLC)606760460
ISBN 9780520947207 (electronic bk.)
0520947207 (electronic bk.)
9780520267138 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0520267133 (cloth ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 9786612660818