Consider The Magic Flute. This engrossing case study centers
around a mother second to none in pathogenic parenting -- she demanded
that her daughter commit a murder in the service of her own
megalomaniacal drive for power -- yet among analysts she has never
attracted the attention that Dora's father has, say, or Mrs. Z.
The intended victim was a man whom
the mother feared, envied, and wished to depose, and with whom she was engaged
in a bitter custody battle. The mother promised her daughter, without
her consent, in
marriage to a young man whom she had also enlisted
in her campaign to rule the world. The daughter's efforts at separation
had not been encouraged by her narcissistic mother, who now threatened her with abandonment should she fail in the
killing; success, however, would have deprived the
daughter simultaneously not only of a much-desired father figure, but
also of the new relationship with her husband-to-be, whom she had
come to love. Her cruel dilemma brought
her to the brink of suicide with the very dagger that her mother
had forced into her hand.
Eve Golden, M.D.
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