This second edition of the remarkable Inside Lives (expanded with a chapter on the last years of the life cycle) provides a perspective on the relationship between psychoanalytic theory and the nature of human development. Following the major developmental phases from infancy to old age, the author lucidly explores the vital aspects of experience which promote mental and emotional growth and those which impede it. In bringing together a wide range of clinical, non-clinical and literary examples, it offers a detailed and accessible introduction to contemporary psychoanalytic thought and provides a personal and vivid approach to the elusive question of how the personality develops.
Table of Contents
Series editors’ preface -- Foreword to the second edition -- Author’s note -- A historical note -- Introduction -- States of mind -- Beginnings -- Infancy: containment and reverie -- Infancy: defences against pain -- Early childhood: weaning and separation -- Latency -- Models of learning -- The family -- Puberty and early adolescence -- Mid-adolescence: a clinical example -- Late adolescence: fictional lives -- The adult world -- “The later years” -- The last years -- Appendix