October 20, 2020

Ghosts in the Nursery

It’s day 2 of Celebrate Babies week!  Today we invite you to celebrate babies, young children, and their families by engaging in thoughtful conversation with your coworkers, association members, and/or colleagues about ghosts and angels in the nursery.  We welcome you to read, “Ghosts in the Nursery: A Psychoanalytic Approach to the Problems of Impaired Infant- Mother Relationships” (Fraiberg, Adelson & Shapiro, 1975) and consider the following questions:

  • How can unresolved losses, traumas, relationships and experiences from the past haunt the present?
  • How can unresolved losses, trauma, relationships and experiences play out in parent-child relationships?  Give examples of times you have seen this occur.

Please click here to watch this 3-minute video, where Alicia Lieberman describes the theory of Ghosts in the Nursery, and discuss the questions listed above.

Finally, we invite you to read, discuss, and reflect on the article, “Angels in the Nursery: The Intergenerational Transmission of Benevolent Parental Influences” (Lieberman, Padron, Van Horn & Harris, 2005) in the context of the following prompts:

  • Think about one of your most important attachment relationships
  • Think about a time when you felt especially loved or cared for
  • What qualities does this person possess that helps/helped you feel safe?