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A Spirit of Inquiry by James L. Fosshage, Frank M. Lachmann, Joseph D. Lichtenberg

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CHAPTER ONE

HOW DO WE EXPLAIN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNICATION WITH SELF AND OTHER IN INFANCY? PART 1

Our purpose is to offer clinicians a way to reconceptualize both the significance hitherto given to verbal associations and insight, and the importance now given to empathy and relational interaction. Communication is in our view the overarching phenomenon that integrates the verbal and nonverbal features of analytic therapy. By communication we mean exchanges of explicit and implicit information interpersonally and to one’s self. The main body of the book details our view of communication during treatment. But first we will take up communication during infancy. Communication is an integral part of the developing child’s intersubjective world ...

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