Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-Constructing Interactions / Edition 1

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For the collaboration of Beatrice Beebe and Frank Lachmann has consistently provided the psychoanalytic community with a window on the clinical relevance of the evolving scientific understanding of early development. As the understanding of early parent-infant interaction has progressed, Beebe and Lachmann have served as outstanding guides to the dialogic origins of mind, bringing to bear expert knowledge in both clinical and research domains. Together they have made the case that the clinically salient pay-out from a generation of infant research lies less in a clearer grasp of infant mentation than in a thoroughly revised understanding of the very process of human relatedness.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This ground-breaking book is one of the most creative and valuable contributions to psychoanalysis to appear in the last decade. Applying the fascinating discoveries of infant-mother observational research to the treatment of adult patients, Beebe and Lachmann open up new ways of understanding and working with the myriad communications between patient and analyst that form the core of the analytic process. An educational experience in itself, this book should be required reading for anyone working in the mental health field today.”

- Theodore J. Jacobs, Ph.D., New York and NYU Psychoanalytic Institutes

“This extraordinary book is a critical landmark in the psychoanalytic literature. The culmination of decades of dialogue between the coauthors, Infant Research and Adult Treatment provides rich new metaphors, scenarios, and narratives for practitioners. Beebe and Lachmann lay out a sophisticated paradigm of the origins of relatedness and a complex systems view of mind as organized in interaction. Disposing definitively of any residual sense that clinical psychoanalysis and infant research cannot fully address, and benefit from, the insights of the other, they bring the conversation between these disparate disciplines to an exciting and creative new level.”

- Lewis Aron, Ph.D., Director, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis

Infant Research and Adult Treatment contributes greatly to our understanding of how infants interact with their caretakers. In addition, the authors ambitiously invite us to rethink some of our assumptions about what it is we do with our patients that leads to change. It seems to me they succeed admirably. . . . their effort must be applauded and their book should be enjoyed and appreciated for all it has to teach us.”

- Ruth R. Imber, JAPA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881634471
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 933,202
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D., a psychoanalyst and infant researcher, is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University, where she has been doing infancy research for 30 years, first with Daniel Stern, M.D., and then with Joseph Jaffe, M.D. She teaches at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, and the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

Frank M. Lachmann, Ph.D., is a founding faculty member of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, Training and Supervising Analyst, Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has contributed over 100 articles to the journal literature, and is author of Transforming Aggression (Aronson, 2000), and co-author of Self and Motivational Systems (TAP, 1992), The Clinical Exchange (TAP, 1996), and Infant Research and Adult Treatment (TAP, 2002).

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. A Dyadic Systems View
3. Interactive Reorganization of Self-Regulation: The Case of Karen
4. Early Capacities and Presymbolic Representation
5. Patterns of Early Interactive Regulation
6. Coconstructing Inner and Relational Processes: Self- and Interactive Regulation in Infant Research and Adult Treatment
7. Representation and Internalization in Infancy: Three Principles of Salience
8. Three Principles of Salience in the Organization of the Patient-Analytic Interaction
9. An Interactive Model of the Mind for Adult Treatment

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