Glossary of Spiritual Wisdom
Excerpts about Neonate
The Neonate is Born Without Psychic Structures
The neonate is born with no boundaries in its mind space, i.e., with no psychic structure. Its mind is just space, openness with no boundaries, physical or mental. This assumption is consistent with the notion of the undifferentiated matrix in object relations theory (Hartmann), with some difference: The absence of boundaries in the neonatal matrix is usually considered as a state of nondifferentiation, whereas our perspective sees the matrix as the lack of boundaries.