The heart and the blood
The mind is all over the body, not just located on the head and at the birth the baby has a physiological way of functioning.
If we take into account PINOCCHIO fairy tell the baby is made of wood by his father and with the good attentions of the mother he becomes made of flesh and blood.
The wood’s boby with the liquid milk, like a tree, becomes a soft organism that can take in solid food.
In a way the blood combines all the elements: the air transported on it, the water because it is liquid, the fire because it is warm and the earth represented by the iron where the air is fixated to be transported.
The heart is the organ that pulses all the time the blood around the body and the beat of it gives the rythmes of life.
When Pinocchio lies his nose is growing, showing the fact that he is not growing towards a child of flesh and blood.
This primordial state is common to everyone and we forget it and it is difficult to come back. We can see it in pathological autistic children where the baby was not able to develop towards a more mature and less dependant existence.
We are not in the field of evolute way of functioning with introductions/projections and even more advance identifications, but an imitation organization where the body functions are mirrored by the mind, far away from perceptions, thoughts and emotions.
The sensations are the row elements and are discontinued, the mother gives the illusion of continuity from the physical event of birth till the psychological birth and the separation of the baby from her with the weaning process, the transition from the liquid nourishment to the solid one.
The two ways of functioning coexist for the rest of our life and the integration (anfimissi) allows the very mature identification with the parents and the position of the individual in society.
We can picture that with a diagram on the horizontal axe the time and on the vertical one two elements: aggression and libido. At birth the libido is null and the aggression high. With the time passing we have two curves: the decrease of aggression (decathexis) and the increase of libido (cathexis), at six month the two curves intersects and it is at that point that the instinctual life starts, not before.
It is the libido that follows the aggression and not the contrary.
There is still a lot to understand on these primitive mechanisms that are the foundations of more mature ones. This is the core of the development process and it is difficult to access the secret of the mind.
Going back to Pinocchio, the puppet is taken from the cat and the wolf to plant some coins in order to get some trees that will produce it. The cat and the wolf will stole the money, but the fantasy is that it is not necessary to work to make money.
Instead to go to school he ends it up on the funfair with mangiafuoco (eat fire), not able to grow and learn and deprived of his heater.
The father Geppetto, looking for Pinocchio, is eaten by a whale where he can find him and take back to the fairy godmother and becomes a child. The whale represents the cradle where the baby is kept as in the whomb. Only coming out of it he becomes a child able to go to school and integrated in the wider society, outside the family.