© 1988

Critical Psychophysical Passages in the Life of a Woman

A Psychodynamic Perspective

  • Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg
      Pages 1-2
  3. Early Developmental Themes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Dale Mendell
      Pages 17-36
    3. Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg
      Pages 37-48
  4. Female Passages of the Body-Self

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Sue A. Shapiro
      Pages 69-91
    3. Roni O. Cohen
      Pages 103-120
  5. From Body-Self to Other

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Naomi Berne
      Pages 123-131
    3. Leanne Domash
      Pages 133-145
    4. Mary Beth M. Cresci
      Pages 147-161
  6. Later Developmental Themes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Ruth Formanek
      Pages 199-214
  7. Twentieth Century Female Issues and Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215

About this book


After the birth of my second son some 11 years ago, I was painfully torn by the timing of my reentry to work-my wish to return to a prestigious and stimulating position as chief psychologist of a large agency, or my equally powerful wish to enjoy fully my beautiful new son's infancy, undivided and untorn. At the time I had a dream that my body was cut in half at the waist-my head leaned to the books neatly contained on the library shelves; my belly went to the crib, all sweet-smelling and soft. Not having had the opportunity to be "un­ divided" with my first son (now 17 years old), I chose to resign my agency position and stay home as long as I wished and then develop my private practice. It was a decision that at the time entailed much loss-cerebral, collegial, social, pres­ tigious-and generated some self-doubt, but in retrospect it is not regretted and was perhaps wise. This son's infancy will always be remembered as a time in which I experienced mothering with ease and grace.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Joan Offerman-Zuckerberg
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.The Psychoanalytic Society of the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and PsychoanalysisNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Brooklyn Institute for PsychotherapyBrooklynUSA

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