British Psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott postulated the theory that, immediately after giving birth, the mother becomes fixated with the infant to the point where everything and everyone else plays a secondary role. This, he theorized, made her even more sensitive to the infant's needs.

PRIMARY MATERNAL PREOCCUPATION: "Primary Maternal Preoccupation on Maria's pat was so powerful, that her husband began to feel ignored."
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