Of Regression and Idealisation


Written in response to ‘The Continuum Concept’ by Jean Liedloff, this paper opens with reference to processes of social transference experienced by anyone who intervenes effectively n taboo areas of social dynamic. A careful distinction is then drawn between processes of regression to an idealised good, safe womb-world and the egressive, developmental tasks of working through the trauma of parturition into a mature, post-natal integrated position. Regression may be an important starting point in the journey of potential development, whether for individuals or the wider society. However, as an end-point or goal it can only be a neurotic flight from the encounters with later trauma or the complexities of contemporary existence.