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The interpersonal world of the infant : a view from psychoanalysis and developmental psychology /
Daniel N. Stern.
New York : Basic Books, c1985.
x, 304 p. ; 24 cm.
0465034039 :
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New York : Basic Books, c1985.
0465034039 :
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 278-294.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-02:
In a clinical descriptive manner, Stern integrates his two areas of expertise (psychiatry and developmental psychology of infancy) by presenting a shift in theoretical viewpoint. Stern is well prepared for research in parent-infant interaction. Traditional notions of phases and some clinical issues (e.g., autonomy, trust, and attachment) are now considered as changes in social experience and social relatedness and are attributed to the infant's acquisition of new senses of self. Stern contends that these new forms of social experience remain intact throughout life and thus are life-span constructs, not developmental phases. Each sense of self-an emergent self, a core self, a subjective self, a verbal self-is addressed in detail, bolstered by experimental evidence and clinical observations, although the book is not written in a heavily scientific style. In the last three chapters Stern discusses implications, particularly those of the therapist who reconstructs the client's developmental past. Stern recognizes that by using this perspective changes in thinking and acting may involve generations of patients; however, ``just as infants must develop, so must our theories about what they experience and who they are.'' A few figures; subject/author index; extensive bibliography, including current items. Stern's work is of major importance to pediatricians, developmental and clinical psychologists, and psychiatrists; it is appropriate for graduate students and upper-division undergraduates in related fields.-E. Pearson, Marywood College
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Introduction to the Paper Back Editionp. xi
The Questions and Their Backgroundp. 1
Exploring the Infant's Subjective Experience: a Central Role for the Sense of Selfp. 3
Perspectives and Approaches to Infancyp. 13
The Four Senses of Selfp. 35
The Sense of an Emergent Selfp. 37
The Sense of a Core Self: I. Self Versus Otherp. 69
The Sense of a Core Self: Ii. Self with Otherp. 100
The Sense of a Subjective Self: I. Overviewp. 124
The Sense of a Subjective Self: Ii. Affect Attunementp. 138
The Sense of a Verbal Selfp. 162
Some Clinical Implicationsp. 183
The "Observed Infant" as Seen with a Clinical Eyep. 185
Some Implications for the Theories Behind Therapeutic Reconstructionsp. 231
Implications for the Therapeutic Process of Reconstructing a Developmental Pastp. 256
Epiloguep. 275
Bibliographyp. 278
Indexp. 295
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