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The lost steps of infancy: symbolization, analytic process and the growth of the self.
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PMID:  12174543     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 'The Lost Steps' the Latin American novelist Alejo Carpentier describes the search by the protagonist for the origins of music among native peoples in the Amazon jungle. This metaphor can be utilized as a way of understanding the search for the pre-verbal origins of the self in analysis. The infant's experience of the tempo and rhythmicity of the mother/infant interaction and the bathing in words and sounds of the infant by the mother are at the core of the infant's development of the self. The infant observation method (Tavistock model) will be looked at as a way of developing empathy in the analyst to better understand infantile, pre-verbal states of mind. A case vignette from an adult analysis will be utilized to illustrate the theoretical concepts.
Brian Feldman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of analytical psychology     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0021-8774     ISO Abbreviation:  J Anal Psychol     Publication Date:  2002 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-08-14     Completed Date:  2002-09-06     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376573     Medline TA:  J Anal Psychol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  397-406     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Child Psychology
Psychoanalytic Therapy*

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