Coming to the world
The world for the ancient greek was made by five elemens: air, water, earth, fire and cosmo, represented by five geometric figures that are the basic element of it.
The physical birth of a baby involves radical changes from the intrauterine and physiological function, the passage to the pulmonary respiration, the fiding through the mouth and the incostant temperature.
This environment is kept constant by the mother, or the care giver, and for the first two months after birth there is a continuity of the previous way of existence, the mother for the baby is the earth, the island into the sea.
Soon a new function emerges from the body, a moto-sensorial activity imitates the body function of fullness/emptyness of the stomach, bladder or mouth. The are just two states, on/off, regulated by the caring in keeping the continuity with the previous state and a sense of illusion that this event never occurred.
At two month the baby could expereince the first psychosomatic illness, and not before, called rumination or mericism where in a state of cahotic continuity the baby is able to imitate the feeding process and brings the milk up in his mouth with mortal consequences and just an intervention of a substitution of the mother can resolve it.
The function of the oro-gastric trait assures the important role of introducing an element of growing and in this state there is any libidinal force in relation to the object mother because she is not separeted. The sensoriality is the predominant way of functioning, without perception (a-perception). All the aggression in outward to protect the baby and all the libido is inward to keep the cohesion of the total self.
Slowly a process of de-cathexis of the aggression from outside, in a facilitating environment, allows the cathexis of the libido from the inside. The physical incorporation becomes an introjection and the a projection at 6-8 months with the psychological birth and the recognition of the object separated. The skin assumes the role of border between an inside and an outside, a catastrophe occurs and the total self goes in pieces and fragments. Another psycho-somatic dated illness could take place, the dermatitis as a result of a not well establish barrier and a rupture of it, in order to re-establish to lost contact with the mother.
Only at this moment the sensorial discontinuity is organized in the five different way of perceiving the external world: sight, tact, taste, smell and eraing.
A new way of functioning operates now, that is not just emptiness/fulnessa and the correlate anxiety of lost of the toal self in order to survive.
Now there are two anxiety, an anxiety of integration and an anxiety of non-integration, the mind starts to pulse like an hart. There is now a correlation between aggression and libido, a wave, a fluctuation, a bi-dimensional way of working.
There is still way to go, now there is an enbrionic internal object inside the self and at one year another important function emerges, talking (breathing)/walking and the possible psychosomatic illness of this period is the asthma. Now the child starts to distantiate him/herself from the object (internally and externally). Walking represents in a motor way the internal process of using words and symbolize. The mind starts to be three-dimensional and the original internal object a process of meiosis and another object emerges from it. Now we have two indistinct internal objects, but the new one, the father, is in a way the first internal. Between the first and the second year of life the primal scene and all the phantasies associated allows the distinction of them and the representation of the relationship between them, the function of procreation.
We can represent that with a the beginning a sign I, the appearance of a second one II and the conjunction of them X. These three elements are contained inside a circle figure, O, the representation of the self. It is just this figure that the child is able drawing at two years of age coming out from a squiggle. S/he represents inside it the mouth, and after the eyes, the nose, the ears, and four sticks for the limbs (two hands and two legs).
We don’t have just an hand with five fingers on it, but two hands and legs, two hemispheres and a process of lateralization and the link between them.