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New, revised edition of this bold and exciting book.

More and more women confess uneasily to finding motherhood as much a source of pain as pleasure. Rozsika Parker presents a new understanding of maternal ambivalence, suggesting that the coexistence of love and hate can stimulate and sharpen a mother’s awareness of what is going on between her and her child. Drawing on interviews, clinical material from her practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a range of literary sources, Torn in Two is original and accessible. With new readings of the work of Klein, Winnicott, Bowlby and others, this book offers invaluable – and often reassuring – insight into the conflicts confronting women at every stage of motherhood.


TORN IN TWO is a major and novel contribution to our understanding of the complexities of motherhood with implications that branch out in many directions
Juliet Mitchell
Gripping stuff.
Her book may help reassure other mothers that they are not alone in experiencing such bewildering, contradictory emotions towards their children.
A very rich book full of case material.