The Interpersonal World of the Infant

The Interpersonal World of the Infant : A View from Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology

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This book attempts to create a dialogue between the infant as revealed by the experimental approach and as clinically reconstructed, in the service of resolving the contradiction between theory and reality. It describes the several ways that organization can form in the infant's mind.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 149 x 228 x 28mm | 454g
  • Karnac Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 185575200X
  • 9781855752009
  • 343,344

Table of contents

Preface -- Introduction to the Paperback Edition -- The Questions and Their Background -- Exploring the Infant's Subjective Experience: A Central Role for the Sense of Self -- Perspectives and Approaches to Infancy -- The Four Senses of Self -- The Sense of an Emergent Self -- The Sense of a Core Self: I. Self versus Other -- The Sense of a Core Self: II. Self with Other -- The Sense of a Subjective Self: I. Overview -- The Sense of a Subjective Self: II. Affect Attunement -- The Sense of a Verbal Self -- Some Clinical Implications -- The "Observed Infant" as Seen with a Clinical Eye -- Some Implications for the Theories Behind Therapeutic Reconstructions -- Implications for the Therapeutic Process of Reconstructing a Developmental Past -- Epilogue
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Review quote

'This book is essential reading for everyone interested in psychoanalysis and for every therapist who has the responsibility for helping a patient to understand and alter his or her life.'- Arnold M. Cooper, M.D., The New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center'Dan Stern - scientist, psychoanalyst, and first-rate science writer - takes us on an enchanted journey to those magical years when the sense of self emerges. He puts subjectivity and intersubjectivity where they belong, at the center of psychological inquiry. On the way, he synthesizes a bold new theory outlining an emergent self, a core self, a subjective self, and a verbal self, and relates this theory to important therapeutic questions. This is a landmark volume that is essential reading for clinicians, researchers and anyone else interested in an original and provocative perspective on human development.'- Ethel Person, M.D., Columbia University'This enormously important book explores in rich and fascinating detail the relationships between the psychoanalytic and the experimental traditions. What emerges is not merely a piecing together of insights but a radically new and fresh way of looking at the social and emotional world of infants. We have here the core of a powerful new theory that can inform our understanding for years to come. The book blends the subtlety of observation with the rigor of experimentation and excites the reader at almost every page.'- Joseph Glick, Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York'An important book by a leading clinician and researcher. Daniel Stern combines a clinical and experimental approach in exploring whether early experience is critical in setting the stage for optimal development or in endangering the child's future. And in doing this he brings up-to-date the threads of thinking in infancy research, psychoanalysis, and child development.'- T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., Harvard Medical School'As both a clinician and an imaginative researcher with infants and mothers, Daniel Stern has been in the forefront of these advances. His splendid book will be welcomed by every thinking clinician.'- John Bowlby M.D.
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About Daniel N. Stern

Daniel N. Stern, M.D., is Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Cornell Medical School. He is author of the acclaimed 'The Interpersonal World of the Infant', among other notable titles.
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