»Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ painting « Antiochus « shows a reversal in the father-son relation which leads the first, the King of Syria, to give his young wife to the second. This article reflects on this decision, which turns out to be a happy one, despite its Promethean signification in the field of family conflict and its instituted tradition.»
For Freud, infantile sexuality is the glue which binds the child to its parents. Many conflicts have been rooted in such a sexual relationship.
Attachment theory distinguishes between the sexual dynamic and the attachment dynamic.
This point of view is supported by recent ethnological evidence suggesting that attachment and sexuality are linked to the « International Working Model ».
It is mainly when attachment is insecure that sexuality is likely to develop in an unfortunate way*.*.