432 Ghost & Angles in the Nursery Reflection paper

The assignment requires you to write a 5-page reflection paper.


MUST read these TWO classic papers in the field of infant mental health. (see attachment)

  1. Ghosts in the nursery: A psychoanalytic approach to the problems of impaired infant-mother relationships
  2. Angels in the NurseryThe intergenerational transmission of benevolent parental influences.

In this essay,

Reflect upon these articles in relationship to your own personal and/or professional experiences.

  • Reflect upon the presence of a ghost and/or an angel in your own life, specifically from your early childhood.  Address the following questions below.
  • How has this relationship created vulnerability and/or sources of resilience for you?
  • How does this relationship affect you now in your life in various roles (professional and/or personal)? 
  • How have they influenced the expectations and values you bring to your work and interactions? 
  • How does conceptualizing these early relationships through an IMH lens clarify things for you (or not)? 

Please note:

  • You may choose to focus on angels rather than ghostsif that feels more comfortable.
  • You do not need to do both. 


  1. This reflection can be personal or be kept solely to the professional realm.
  2. If you choose to talk about personal experience, MUST align it with my own personal background!
  • I was born and raised in China. I am currently 22 years old and studying in USA as an international student. Been in US for 4 years. Female.