: Along the developmental line of anxiety, annihilation anxiety is the most primitive.
It is fundamentally fear of one’s existence ending through death, disappearance, fragmentation, going “crazy”, complete loss of self, etc.
In the AD child's mind, his denial rewrites history. The adult is essentially told that he didn't see what he saw because it never happened.
Clearly, magical thinking is a meaningful part of the AD picture.
AD children seek to orchestrate not only events, but the very feelings and behaviors of those closest to them.
They will work very hard to control the adults’ attention.
depends on their being in control of other people and situations most of the time.
AD children make a decision, early in life, probably not consciously, that they will never be in a helpless position again. This leads them to avoid asking for help, regardless of their need for it, because it creates a dangerous context of dependence and is likely to activate AD children’s considerable shame.
With the infant’s movement into symbiosis, fear of annihilation is replaced by fear of loss of the primary attachment figure.Approaching completion of the separation-individuation process and the establishment of self and object constancy brings with it a new fear: loss of the self.With additional development, the endpoint of the developmental line of anxiety arrives- fear of loss of positive self-regard.In attempting to avoid or soothe their anxiety, AD children typically become hypervigilant and frequently visually check in with parents, by means of a quick glance, much as toddlers do.Avoiding their annihilation anxiety altogether, which is overwhelmingly intolerable in its own right, drives AD children’s need for control and practically everything else discussed in this handout.