Envy, jealousy, love, and generosity in sibling relations: The impact of sibling relations on future family relations

Magagna, Jeanne (2014) Envy, jealousy, love, and generosity in sibling relations: The impact of sibling relations on future family relations. In: Siblings: Envy and rivalry, coexistence and concern. EFPP Clinical Monograph . Karnac, London, pp. 195-217. ISBN 9781780491813 Full text available

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In this chapter, I assume that, just as we have an external family and many other important relations, in our internal world we have an internalised family with relations existing between the self and the internalised family members and other important people in our lives. Such internalised family members might be different from external family members, for they "are always coloured by our phantasies and projections" . Bearing this in mind, I focus on both external and internalised sibling relations and their influence on family life. I look at the tricky question of when, how, and whether or not to intervene in a sibling relation to help the siblings develop a healthier future. I also look at what can happen when unhealthy sibling relations are internalised and later provide the impetus for re-enactment in adult life. In addition, I discuss how we can use dream analysis to observe and repair the internalised damaged sibling relations and, thus, promote the development of loving and more thoughtful intimate relations.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: With observations by Andrea Amendolagine. Presented at the EFPP Conference in Cracow, Poland, in October 2011.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dream Analysis, Externalization, Internalization, Sibling Relations, Family Relations, Jealousy, Love, Siblings
Subjects: Families > Siblings
Families > Families - Psychology
Department/People: Visiting Lecturer
URI: https://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1239

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