Essential Other: A Developmental Psychology of Self / Edition 1

Essential Other: A Developmental Psychology of Self / Edition 1

by Robert M. Galatzer-levy, Bertram J. Cohler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465020666

ISBN-13: 9780465020669

Pub. Date: 01/04/1994

Publisher: Basic Books

In its evolution, psychoanalysis has increasingly recognized that human behavior is as motivated by the search for a coherent sense of self as it is impelled by drives and defenses. In this comprehensive study of development, Robert Galatzer-Levy and Bertram Cohler examine how across the course of life—infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood, adolescence, young

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In its evolution, psychoanalysis has increasingly recognized that human behavior is as motivated by the search for a coherent sense of self as it is impelled by drives and defenses. In this comprehensive study of development, Robert Galatzer-Levy and Bertram Cohler examine how across the course of life—infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle age, senescence—humans primarily structure their experience by creating meaning from their relations with other people.Drawing on resources from diverse fields, including psychoanalysis, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and literature, this book clarifies the mass of thinking and research findings in human development. Plentiful and precise examples illuminate the principles and empirical findings discussed. The authors’ multifaceted approach to understanding development allows them to examine how smaller developmental pathways—such as the growth of interpersonal skills, the awakening of the sexual self, the search for integrity—contribute throughout life to the search for solace, support, and meaning in the context of essential others.Packed with insights from many sources, this expansive description of the growth of the self will be an invaluable reference for both practitioners and researchers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465020669
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/04/1994
Series:
Basic Professional Books Series
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.45(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.54(d)
Lexile:
1240L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction1
2The Human Environment of Infancy36
3Toddlerhood: The Self and Morality64
4The Toddler Years: Language, Play, Sex, and Anality86
5Early Childhood115
6Moving into the Larger World: Middle Childhood141
7Adolescence and Youth166
8Youth and Young Adulthood: Generation, Education, and the Family197
9Stable Adulthood: Work226
10Courtship, Engagement, Relationship, and Marriage249
11Midlife284
12Late Life312
13Conclusion339
References361
Name Index449
Subject Index462

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