Primal Perspective


This response paper picks up some of the key issues which are implicit but not developed by Dr. T. Verney in his recent book ‘The Secret Life of the Unborn Child’. The main argument of the article is that the most common (or ‘normal’) experience of birth and its preceding months, lays down patterns of common adult response which constitute the ground of social behaviour, myths and symbols. It is this material, reactivated in later life, which energises group dynamics, institutional conflicts, national boundary formation and the intensely loaded emotionality of ideological and religious phenomena.