Children’s Minds in the Line of Fire Blog
Intra-psychic, yet societally induced trauma is relevant to the ‘Mind in the Line of Fire’ theme chosen for our 53rd Congress in Cartagena, in 2023. Our IPA leaders (President Harriet Wolfe and Vice-President Adriana Prengler) have recognized that the pandemic exaggerated societal inequities long with us; they urge us to develop psychoanalytic theory relevant to societal effects on psyches. Children and adolescents are often the group most affected by cultural changes and catastrophes. They are like the canaries sent into coal mines to signal the presence of gases, imbibing cultural, societal and economic changes in a rapid and powerful way. In advance of the congress, COCAP (IPA Committee on Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis) here initiates a blog entitled, ‘Children’s Minds in the Line of Fire.’
Dr. Mary T. Brady, COCAP Co-Chair
Children in a World at War
Mónica Cardenal invites you to imagine the emotional world of a child who has lost everything under the fire of violence and asks what our role is as analysts in the face of such an emotional catastrophe.
Anti-War Manifesto — Forbidden Games (1952)
Ana Belchior Melícias asks: What is the meaning of inconnus after all? The death drive in the lethal/legitimate adult games which superimpose death on life? The innocent-secret-forbidden children's games, which challenge the limits of the law of both Church and Father?
Adolescents in the Line of Fire: Pandemic and War
Dr Fernando M. Gómez writes: "The pandemic came and put baby, child and adolescent minds in the line of fire. New losses, deaths, traumas and mourning processes were imposed, in addition to the existing ones."
How dare you!
Christine Franckx on the multiple challenges of adolescents facing the climate crisis
On Psychic envelopes and spaces for young children during the pandemic
Christine Anzieu Premmereu examines the effects of the global health crisis on babies and infants.
Cria Cuervos: political and personal trauma in a child’s mind
Mary T. Brady Ph.D. discusses trauma in children through the Spanish film, ‘Cria Cuervos.’ The individual trauma in the film is also linked to larger societal trauma.