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By Eva Pattis Zoja

ISBN-10: 0203129423

ISBN-13: 9780203129425

ISBN-10: 0415154065

ISBN-13: 9780415154062

The controversy on abortion has tended to prevent the mental value of an undesirable being pregnant, ruled istead by means of the robust feelings the topic excites. Eva Pattis Zoja examines the ideas that encompass a woman's choice to finish a being pregnant, and provides the hard thesis that voluntary abortion can frequently be a violent and subconscious act of self-realisation. Treating a subject matter that is primary to our life, the writer makes no try and argue for or opposed to, or to disclaim the painful nature of the topic which she tackles, yet as an alternative seems on the method during which a choice to abort can have an effect on a woman's internal lifestyles.

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Instinct, which aimed for biological fecundation, has found expression and satisfaction in the psyche; the encounter itself has been fecund, body and soul are aware of it as a part of their rapture. To put it as simply as possible, an intense and stable sexual life can create the unconscious conditions for a correct use of birth control. A dissatisfying sexual life that brings no psychic life with it is likely instead to produce a need for tangible, biological fecundation, for pregnancy, for a child: and not, unfortunately, as a result of having evolved towards a readiness for new responsibilities.

In a few rare cases, such offers have indeed been accepted, and the chance to work through deeper conflicts has effectively countered the danger of repeated abortion. In other cases, subsequent abortions took place in spite of psychotherapy. ’ The result of attempts to outflank abortion with psychotherapy has not lived up to expectations. At this point, these expectations themselves should be examined critically, starting with the fact that their point of departure is prevention: their aim is to combat abortions in general, and not at all to attempt to understand the individual women who find themselves in need of one.

Every other creative activity requires a higher degree of active intervention, more will power, and greater solidity of the Ego. One only has to think of all the discipline that has to be deployed to still the various disturbances that would otherwise disrupt a creative effort performed with our minds or our hands: telephone calls, housework, and so forth. External disturbances are quite reduced during a pregnancy; one will more probably be troubled by the distance at which one finds oneself from others; one is likely to doze off at the first sign of tiredness, even in the course of a conversation.

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