Malachi McCoy – A Childs Textbook

THE LETTER 38 (Autumn 2006) pages 53-56.

The child was described by his parents as a cheerful, straightforward child who was an amiable and active-minded young fellow. He was able to carry out his childhood researches in a state of happy naïveté, keeping nothing back.

However all this was to change when conflicts arose out of those researches.

It was with the outbreak of his illness and during the analysis that discrepancies began to make their appearance between what he said and what he thought; and this was partly because unconscious material, which he urns unable to master all at once, was forcing itself upon him, and partly because the content of his thoughts provoked reservations on account of his relation to his parents.

The little boy was four years old. He woke up in tears one morning following an anxiety dream. Asked why he was crying, he said to his mother: ‘When I was asleep I thought you were gone and I had no mummy to coax with.’ A few days later in the street the boy once again began to cry and asked to be taken home to his mother. At home, he was asked why he had cried but the anxious child wouldn’t say. In the evening he grew visibly frightened and only grew cheerful again when he caressed his ‘beautiful’ mother. …

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