Pre and Perinatal Psychology, Psychoanalysis and the Dynamics of Social Systems


This paper examines the implications of the young science of pre and perinatal psychology for our understanding of the dynamics of social systems and our ability to change them. Beginning with the evolution of the process of birth as both physiological impingement and psychological imprint, patterns of post-traumatic stress syndrome are examined. The commonality of the trauma of birth lays the basis for the construction of collusional defences against perinatal anxiety. Birth-time is therefore the matrix of the common unconscious. The paper was first presented in Heidelberg in May 1995 at the conference of the International Society for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine.