Psychology in teaching scuba diving for a child-Part3
If you missed the previous parts please read psychology in teaching scuba diving for a child part1 and psychology in teaching scuba diving for a child part2
1/ Symbol of waterDocteur Christine BONNAT for WorldDivingReview.
Water is the expression of the unconscious, its own truth, place of the secret and unknown motivations…
Water, original element, before the language, allows descending and reaching the things of the lower level, place of the founding images.
Water, source of any life, eternal feminine, good and awful mother, feeder and protective, threatening and destroying, reserve of all energies and capacities of creation.
Advertisement knows it well, which uses countlessly our unconscious link with water, big trap symbols. Just like considerable amount of popular expressions express without ambiguity its psychological substance: to be in hot water (to be in trouble), in deep water (to be in bad situation), keep your head above water (to keep going despite the fact you are in trouble), water over the dam (something went wrong and you cannot go back), to hold water (if your argument can hold water, it is strong and does not have any holes. If it does not hold water, then it is weak and not worth debating), like a fish in water (to be at ease underwater), throwing cold water (to make a negative comment on an idea), etc
2/ Winnicott theories, the aquatic most psychoanalysts
From the individual psychological point of view, we can compare the scuba diving activity to diving from conscious into unconscious. Winnicott is a founder of the very first stages of the human development, this slow, painful and difficult differentiation oneself/not-oneself, ego/non-ego, illusion/disillusion, inner/outer reality, which should be maintained at the same time separated and connected one to the other.
In other words, let us consider that the individual admits like a seed of life what we call the "self", without which the individual cannot exist. This "self" is built during the first six months of the life, far ahead from the creation of a complete ego. This is a personality foundation that will make it possible to face the paradox between a subjective internal life and an objective external reality. Handling and holding are necessary concepts to build a "self". The mother exists for the baby through the care that she gives him. At the beginning, the infant and the care are united. We know that this care (handling and holding), when they are failing, may create “the primitive agony”. This need for the mother and the fear of losing it, which always haunts the core of our psyches, are reactivated in water, generally in a positive form, i.e. soothing. By its carrying and its touch, water plays for us this mother always there when we need it, which resists our destroying affects, which can be drunk without being destroyed, which does not require nothing in exchange.