By Invitation

Suffer the little children

A child's early emotional attachments - or lack of - continue to influence the individual long into adulthood

While reading Nobel laureate Toni Morrison's most recent novel, God Help The Child, I thought of the high regard and admiration that Sigmund Freud had for creative writers.

Freud is the universally acknowledged father of psychoanalysis that is both a theory and a way of treating mental disorders by investigating the interaction of conscious and unconscious elements in the mind.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 10, 2018, with the headline 'Suffer the little children'. Print Edition | Subscribe