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unconscious organising principle for the second generation, shaping both their internal reality and interpersonal relationships. The parents and children often develop extreme symbiotic ties; the parents don’t encourage the child’s autonomy, and experience the normal process of separation and individuation in their offspring as a threat and an acute narcissistic injury to the family. [The] studies appeared to show that children of survivors left their parents’ homes later than other young adults, and after they’d left remained in close contact with their parents. Perhaps

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expansion of opportunities in education and work increased women’s autonomy and independence, and single women began to be seen as more of a threat. Accordingly, the derogatory discourses emerged again, here too compounded in the early twentieth century by sexological theories which proposed the harm of celibacy, at the same time proclaiming the dangers of non-married sexual practices. hH In Britain, probably the spinster’s best moment was in the last years of the nineteenth century and the very early twentieth century – the time of the ‘new woman’. Judy Little traces

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