Child and Adult Development: A Psychoanalytic Introduction by Calvin A. Colarusso

By Calvin A. Colarusso

Developmental thought is the essence of any psychodynamic psychother­ apy, and positively of psychoanalysis. it really is via an figuring out of innovative existence occasions, and how those occasions relate to linked organic and social occasions, that we come to appreciate either psycho­ pathology and mental strengths. for a very long time we've got wanted a clinically orientated e-book that surveys common improvement in either youth and maturity. This booklet will be relatively necessary to all psychological future health execs whose day-by-day paintings calls for a continuing wisdom and appraisal of devel­ opmental matters. Dr. Colarusso has built-in and summarized a tremen­ dous volume of theoretical, empirical, and scientific fabric in a structure that makes it come alive via scientific examples. This publication will be of significant curiosity to all scholars of human behav­ ior in addition to to pro clinicians. SHERWYN M. WOODS, M. D. , PH. D. vii Preface every year as I gave a lecture sequence on baby and grownup improvement to the grownup and baby psychiatric citizens on the college of California at San Diego, somebody necessarily may ask, "Is there a e-book that i'll remember the fact that has all of this knowledge in it?" i'd answer that i didn't recognize of any unmarried resource, yet i may refer the individual to many articles and books on development.

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Diagnostic and treatment formulations by the diagnostician. 6. A summary conference with the parents but not with the child. The initial contact. The initial contact may be made in person or by telephone. In either event, it is essential to remember that in most instances the decision to seek professional assistance was made with considerable apprehension, fear, and misgiving. For the parent, who sees the child as both a responsibility and an extension of him or herself, the expected response is criticism for real or imagined wrongdoing.

Depending on their age and issues, adolescents may come to the first interview alone or accompanied by a parent. In either event, an attitude of respect and a warm handshake will allay anxiety and encourage cooperation. Remember that the purpose of these interviews is diagnostic. That means your aim is to gain as much information as you can about the patient's personality structure and problems in an unobtrusive manner. Children reveal themselves through play and words. Adolescents usually prefer to talk.

The Smile Response Spitz described the smile response as the first active, directed, intentional behavior; indicating a transition from passivity to activity. Through his research, which is described in detail in The First Year of Life (1965), Spitz learned that the infant is responding to a gestalt of the forehead, eyes, and nose, seen straight on and in motion. Since a cardboard "face" will illicit the smile response, the infant is not yet responding to a true object, that is, exclusively to another human being.

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