Body relations and the black hole

  • The psychic Black Hole is a primitive psychosomatic representation of undifferentiation and loss of the vanished mother of infancy. It is evoked during a psychic collapse, originated when awareness of the reality of separation from the mother comes in too soon. Its repetition creates an implosion into the self instead of an explosion into the receiving other. The catastrophe that it marks is an overwhelming affective storm that has resulted from a loss of the containing (m)other and a subsequent annihilation of the self. As a sign or a signal used for self-regulation, the Black Hole marks a deficit in the ability to symbolize that evokes states of meaninglessness, nothingness, and hopelessness.

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Author:Judy K. Eekhoff
Parent Title (English):International Forum of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 30 (No. 3, 2021), pp. 139-148.
Document Type:Articles
Year of first Publication:2021
Release Date:2022/05/04
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