By Luigi Zoja

Luigi Zoja perspectives the foundation and evolution of the daddy from a Jungian standpoint. He argues that the father's position in mentioning kids is a social development that has been topic to alter all through historical past - and appears on the effects of this, in addition to the difficulty dealing with fatherhood this day. the daddy might be welcomed via humans from a large choice of disciplines, together with practitioners and scholars of psychology, sociology and anthropology, and via the knowledgeable common reader.

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8 It became a forge for the creation of psychic life. The female with a constant desire for her companion was now the logical counterpart of the male who was capable of returning, and who counted as a constant presence. Evolution was at this point more involved with the selection PREHISTORY 41 not of the physiological, but of the psychological variants that proved most favorable to the life of the species: constancy and fidelity are qualities we’d see today as a part of the definition of character.

But there is also a basic difference between fatherhood and motherhood, since motherhood is a clear extension, after the birth of a child, of the condition of the female parent who conceived it and bore it within in her body: the two events flow seamlessly one into the other, in the life of the individual mother no less than in the course of the evolution of the species. With men things stand quite differently. Since time immemorial, the physical act of procreation and the process of being a father have always been separate and different things.

He no longer approached the females for nothing more than the very brief act of mating. He became a constant presence, even if intermittently so, as demanded by his hunting expeditions. The males’ inclination to ever more demanding forms of hunting was also to lead them to a new and higher level of psychic complexity. The animal hunts for as long as its prey excites its senses; and as soon as its prey is beyond the range of ears, eyes and nose, the animal grows disinterested. Proto-man, on the other hand, began to follow psychic rather than simply physical spoors: he began to preserve, throughout the long approach, a mental image of the beast he was tracking, even when his senses no longer perceived its presence.

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