Mother, Madonna, Whore: The Idealization and Denigration of Motherhood (First Published 1988)
“Despite the fact that this book was published in 1988 and aroused some controversy because of its subject matter, the book has never been out of print and still sells actively, and has been adopted as a key text in some universities. It has also been translated into numerous different languages.”
– Estella Welldon
Welldon explores why the quality of their bodies is fundamental to women’s psychology; how this may lead to self-mutilation; and how such perverse behavior may also be aimed at objects which women see as their own creations, specifically, their babies. The potential causes and consequences of these conditions, including maternal and paternal incest and its frequent aftermath, prostitution, are also discussed.
Estela Welldon brings together a generous selection derived from her many literary gems, in which she illustrates her groundbreaking-and sometimes explosive-studies of female sexuality and perversions, perverse transference, malignant bonding, perverse motherhood, and the impact upon children of viewing domestic violence. Along with these are vivid descriptions of group analytic psychotherapy with forensic patients and, uniquely, of the joint group treatment of incest survivors and perpetrators.
She also outlines the development of forensic psychotherapy as a new field of clinical and academic endeavour and her involvement in this. In a series of interviews with Brett Kahr she describes her professional journey, from being trained by Horacio Etchegoyen in her native Argentina, followed by an eye-opening period at the Menninger Clinic, then eventually to London and a distinguished career at the Portman Clinic.
A Practical Guide to Forensic Psychotherapy
(Editor with Cleo Van Velsen) (First published 1997)
This practical text covers both the theory and practice of forensic psychology, and contains a range of case studies concerning not only violent crime but also ‘white collar’ crime. It also provides guidelines for psychiatrists and psychotherapists acting as expert witnesses. 300 pages.
Sadomasochism – Ideas in Psychoanalysis (First published 2002)
Part of the Ideas in Psychoanalysis series that explains psychoanalytic concepts, their relevance to everyday life, and their ability to illuminate the nature of human society and culture.