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Overview

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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What People Are Saying

Ernest S. Wolf
What has been missing from psychoanalytic self-psychology is a really comprehensive treatment of self-development; in this book, the authors fill this gap with an essential publication. Their scholarship is encyclopedic, their knowledge and understanding clear and comprehensive, and their writing elegant and lucid. I would not want to be without this book, which serves as a treasury of illuminating insights…
— Ernest S. Wolf, M.D., Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis
Miriam Elson
The authors of this book have expanded and given new direction to our understanding of the significance of essential others, human and symbolic, for psychological development, cycle doesn't change, and for solace and strength. The Essential Other will have a profound impact on the work of traditional mental health professionals and is strongly recommended to physicians and educators.
— Miriam Elson, A.M., School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465020669
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/4/1994
  • Series: Basic Professional Books Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Lexile: 1240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert M. Galatzer-Levy, M.D., is a supervising and training psychoanalyst. He is a faculty member of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and the University of Chicago. Bertram J. Cohler, Ph.D., is William Rainey Harper Professor of Social Sciences in the College, and Professor, Departments of Psychology, Education, and Psychiatry, the University of Chicago. He is co-author of Mentally Ill Mothers and Their Children and of Mothers, Grandmothers, and Daughters. Robert M. Galatzer-Levy, M.D., is a supervising and training psychoanalyst. He is a faculty member of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and the University of Chicago. Bertram J. Cohler, Ph.D., is William Rainey Harper Professor of Social Sciences in the College, and Professor, Departments of Psychology, Education, and Psychiatry, the University of Chicago. He is co-author of Mentally Ill Mothers and Their Children and of Mothers, Grandmothers, and Daughters.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 The Human Environment of Infancy 36
3 Toddlerhood: The Self and Morality 64
4 The Toddler Years: Language, Play, Sex, and Anality 86
5 Early Childhood 115
6 Moving into the Larger World: Middle Childhood 141
7 Adolescence and Youth 166
8 Youth and Young Adulthood: Generation, Education, and the Family 197
9 Stable Adulthood: Work 226
10 Courtship, Engagement, Relationship, and Marriage 249
11 Midlife 284
12 Late Life 312
13 Conclusion 339
References 361
Name Index 449
Subject Index 462
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