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"...warns that new child-rearing practices, educational policies, & family patterns can hinder a child's early development...stresses a need to nurture creative & analytic thinking while strengthening a child's sense of self."
Psychiatrist Greenspan (George Washington Univ. School of Medicine; The Essential Partnership, 1989, etc.) offers a multistage theory of emotional development that somewhat parallels Erik Erikson's theory of emotional growth. Greenspan argues that developmental theories based on the separation of reason and emotion are misguided: You can't have one without the other in the nurturing of a whole and healthy adult. As cognitive development proceeds from sensation-seeking to "operational" thinking, so emotional development proceeds from "making sense of sensation" through organizing symbols based on cues from caregivers to the ability to recognize and reflect on feelings and thoughts. Greenspan devotes the first part of the book to defining the six stages of emotional development that form the basic structure of our mind and tracing how they influence intelligence and awareness. The later chapters are devoted to tracing the consequences of stunted emotional development, from high divorce rates to street violence and even war. Along the way Greenspan discusses how mental health professionals, educators, and social service workers frequently miss the boat in trying to help troubled children and families. He puts a heavy stress on parental responsibility, emphasizing that emotional—and hence intellectual—development must begin with an intense but sensitive and flexible one-to-one relationship between caregiver and infant, and asserting that the same caregiver should be present throughout infancy and childhood. Nevertheless, even teenagers stuck at early stages of emotional development—unable to empathize with another, for instance—can pass along to reflective maturity with the help of a mentoring relationship that provides the requisite intensity and consistency.
Adds weight to recent efforts to legitimize early emotions as something far more than elements of a rich (but unproductive) fantasy life.
|Introduction: Questioning a Historical Dichotomy||1|
|Pt. 1||The Processes That Build the Mind||11|
|1||The Emotional Architecture of the Mind||13|
|2||The Deepest Foundations: Security and Engagement||41|
|3||From Intent to Dialogue||54|
|4||Creating an Internal World||74|
|5||The Origins of Consciousness, Morality, and Intelligence||110|
|6||Fitting Nurture to Nature: The Lock and the Key||133|
|Pt. 2||The Endangered Mind||161|
|7||The Danger and the Promise||163|
|8||Mental Health: A Developmental View||177|
|9||Pep Pills, Pep Talks, and Real Therapeutic Experiences||196|
|10||The Emotional Foundations of Learning||211|
|11||Conflict Resolution and the Levels of the Mind||231|
|13||Violence and Deprivation||252|
|14||Toward a Reflective Society||281|
|15||Our Human Imperative||308|
|About the Authors||363|
Posted February 18, 2005
This is an excellent book that helps all who teach 'see' another perspective to the way the mind develops. This book is a wealth of information that is a must for every educator! This book is well worth the time and effort it takes to read it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.