Freud and mom

In the Dukakis family, it was Mike’s  brother, Steilan, who seemed to have it all. His psychotic breakdown at college had the family pull in, and Michael’s mom, Euterpe, bore the weight.


“She felt everyone was looking at her. And they were. That was the state of psychiatry at the time. The doctors looked nowhere, save to the home, the dysfunctional family, the mothering … it was the dogma of the day: momism. The child got sick, the cause was in his rearing—had to be early on—bad mothering … a psycho-pathological mother. There was no comprehension of biochemical dysfunction, there was no credence for inborn instability: there was only one cause—Mom.”

(Richard Ben Cramer. What It Takes. iBooks.


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