By Jerome M. Sattler
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Unconscious phantasies inhabit the child's world like real stories on a theatre stage or painted on a wall, as in prehistoric cave paintings. In pretending to be different characters in his phantasies, the boy may act as the glorious knight who defeats the enemies and conquers the imprisoned princess kept in a tower. Meanwhile the girl may escape the witch mother and bad sisters to finally meet the prince, who will marry her, as fairy tales tell us. In their phantasies children get rid of unpleasant and unwanted aspects of themselves and pretend to be someone else, even if only an ordinary mum or dad and not just an ideal or heroic figure.
This put the child at great ease and revealed what was nearest to his heart and concern. Nine-year-old liro communicated inunediately his infirmity which he had inherited from his mother. In the session with mother alone, she admitted to having hated and rejected her son when he was born and she saw his deformed fingers. She only began to accept him when she made plans to repair the damage at any cost. She persisted in submitting him to many operations with the unrealistic hope of repairing the deformity completely.
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Assessment of Children by Jerome M. Sattler