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The Heirs of Amphitryon: Social Fathers and Natural Fathers

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Abstract

When Freud first used the adage which contrasts the uncertainty of fatherhood with the certainty of motherhood, he used it as a basis for the edification of the ‘family romance’.1 In the fantasy of the ‘family romance’ the young child imagines itself a foundling or bastard in order to lay claim to a more illustrious paternity than nature has provided for it.

Keywords

Biological Father Social Father Nurture Parent Henry VIII Greek Myth 
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