Philosophical Aspects of Prenatal Time Using the Example of Peter Sloterdijk

In his opus magnum “Sphären” (spheres) (Sloterdijk, Sphären – Mikrosphärologie, Band 1 Blasen. Suhrkamp, Frankfurt, 1998 ), the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk approaches the prenatal-psychological insights of the last decades that reflect the origins of all

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ndbook of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Integrating Research and Practice

Handbook of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology

Klaus Evertz  •  Ludwig Janus Rupert Linder Editors

Handbook of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Integrating Research and Practice

Editors Klaus Evertz Institute for Art Therapy & Art Analysis HfWU Nuertingen-Geislingen University Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Ludwig Janus St. Elizabeth University Bratislava Dossenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Rupert Linder Gynecology, Obstetrics and Psychotherapy Birkenfeld, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Prenatal psychology today can now look back on 100  years of theory and practice. In the beginning, it was the effort of a small number of people outside the psychological mainstream (Otto Rank, Gustav Hans Graber), who investigated the true origins of the individual’s developmental history. Without a doubt, the individual human being emerges from within the emotional traditions of its parents and ancestors—and herein lie the origins of all psychology. The earliest experience of attachment is conceptional, then intrauterine, and later perinatal. Thus, earliest experience is the foundation for all later relations and attachments for all human beings. This insight is relevant and useful in moments of crisis and, therefore, a topic for the practical application of prenatal psychology. It is also critical for the etiology of many somatic and psychic disorders. It is about time to compile this info