Iki Freud - Electra. The Drama of the Mother-Daughter Relationship
In her practice as a psychotherapist Iki Freud found herself dealing with women who encountered problems after their children were born. Some were suffering from serious depression, with feelings of guilt at being unable to love their babies as they assumed they would. She became convinced that the source of the women’s problems often lay in their relationships with their own mothers. In theories developed by the forefather of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud (no relation), Iki Freud found little about mothers and daughters, so she set out to fill the lacuna.
In Electra, based in part on her patients’ stories, she points to the causes of the dramas and tragedies women experience in these two roles. Inspired by the great Freud, who used what he called the Oedipus complex to expand upon the relationship of sons with their parents, she chose a woman from Greek mythology, Electra, as a symbol of the troubled relationship between mothers and daughters.
Iki Freud has successfully put her theory into practice with many patients, improving their lives considerably. For well-adjusted mothers and daughters too, her book offers insights into a relationship that is almost always complex.
Iki Freud is a psychoanalyst in Amsterdam who for many years combined the running of her own practice with a position at the University of Amsterdam. She has published a number of books and articles about the role of the mother in a child’s development. Electra was followed by Men and Mothers, about the lifelong emotional ferment that is a son’s relationship with his mother.
- ‘Electra can be read as an overview of the current position: this is how modern psychoanalysts think about the psychosexual development of women, a subject seriously neglected in orthodox analysis.’ – Vrij Nederland