Mothers and daughters in folk tales

Mother-daughter relationship dynamics is, at once, one of the most rigorously studied areas of psychological science and still one of the least understood. One can adopt many different perspectives while examining the nature of the bond between mothers and daughters and the relationship that forges as a result of that bond: philosophical perspective, psychological, neuroscientific, biological, just to mention a few. Each one of these perspectives does, inevitably, shed light on some aspect of the relationship dynamics. Each offers a certain prism one can look through while examining the subject. As part of my own scientific inquiry into the mother-daughter relationship dynamic, I wanted to study just how we form our attitudes towards such relationships, what shapes our perspective, how we form our views of what these relationships should be like. Folk tales are a great source of that information.

Tatiana Pysarenko

фотоTatiana Pysarenko is a psychoanalyst in private practice, who specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. Having completed psychoanalytic training at the International Institute of Depth Psychology, Tatiana has set up her private practice in Kiev, Ukraine. She has also completed a course on Children, Adolescent, & Family Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Eastern European Institute of Psychoanalysis in ST Petersburg, Russia. Currently, she enrolled in a PhD program at Sigmund Freud University, Vienna, Austria. Her professional research interests are focused on examining the cross-generational and cross-cultural dynamics of mother-daughter relationships- a topic which she overs at numerous international conferences.