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Maternal role and familiar myth: evidences from a case study

This article discusses the importance of the family myth for the maternal role. This myth refers to the infant's place revealed through the discourse directed towards the character that the infant embodies in the parents' fundamental fantasy and it is related to that which precedes him. We consider that this myth has a fundamental impact on the subjective constitution of the future subject. Such conceptual aspects were supported by a case study involving a mother, from her pregnancy to the child's eighth month of life. Based on this case the effect and importance of maternal imaginative process from before the infant's birth are highlighted.

motherhood; family myth; maternal role

Programa de Pós-graduação em Teoria Psicanalítica do Instituto de Psicologia da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ Instituto de Psicologia UFRJ, Campus Praia Vermelha, Av. Pasteur, 250 - Pavilhão Nilton Campos - Urca, 22290-240 Rio de Janeiro RJ - Rio de Janeiro - RJ - Brazil