Growth of the Mind, The: And the Endangered Origins of Intelligence / Edition 1

Growth of the Mind, The: And the Endangered Origins of Intelligence / Edition 1

by Stanley I. Greenspan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0201483025

ISBN-13: 9780201483024

Pub. Date: 07/28/1997

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

In The Growth of the Mind Stanley Greenspan offers a profoundly new view of the origins of our minds' highest capacities. Contrary to traditional notions, he finds that intelligence per se does not arise from cognitive stimulation, but along with morality, empathy, and self-reflection has a common foundation in specific early emotional experiences. Distilled from two…  See more details below

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In The Growth of the Mind Stanley Greenspan offers a profoundly new view of the origins of our minds' highest capacities. Contrary to traditional notions, he finds that intelligence per se does not arise from cognitive stimulation, but along with morality, empathy, and self-reflection has a common foundation in specific early emotional experiences. Distilled from two decades of research and practice in human development and adult and child psychiatry, this compelling book reveals the six fundamental levels that form the architecture of our minds. The growth of these levels, four of which are deeper even than the unconscious, depends on a series of critical but subtle emotional transactions between an infant and a devoted caregiver. In mapping these mind-building interactions, Dr. Greenspan clearly formulates the elusive building blocks of creative and analytic thinking, and the sense of self. He thus provides an exciting missing link between recent discoveries in neuroscience and the qualities that make us most fully human.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201483024
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.45(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Questioning a Historical Dichotomy1
Pt. 1The Processes That Build the Mind11
1The Emotional Architecture of the Mind13
2The Deepest Foundations: Security and Engagement41
3From Intent to Dialogue54
4Creating an Internal World74
5The Origins of Consciousness, Morality, and Intelligence110
6Fitting Nurture to Nature: The Lock and the Key133
Pt. 2The Endangered Mind161
7The Danger and the Promise163
8Mental Health: A Developmental View177
9Pep Pills, Pep Talks, and Real Therapeutic Experiences196
10The Emotional Foundations of Learning211
11Conflict Resolution and the Levels of the Mind231
12Marriage239
13Violence and Deprivation252
14Toward a Reflective Society281
15Our Human Imperative308
Notes319
Further Sources339
Index351
About the Authors363

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