Frances Willoughby

Bad Breast

‘Bad Breast’ draws on Melanie Klein’s (b.1882-1960) theories on the psychoanalysis of children. In object relations theory, the paranoid-schizoid position is where the mother is not a mother to the child merely a pair of breasts, which will appear and disappear with randomness. This causes the infant both intense pleasure and great distress, causing the infant to split the mother into the good breast and the bad breast.