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Psychoanalysis and Infant Research

1st Edition

By Joseph D. Lichtenberg


278 pages

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Lichtenberg collates and summarizes recent findings about the first two years of life in order to examine their implications for contemporary psychoanalysis. He explores the implications of these data for the unfolding sense of self, and then draws on these data to reconceptualize the analytic situation and to formulate an experiential account of the therapeutic action of analysis.


"Lichtenberg, in this book, has clearly undertaken an important and extremely difficult task. He has integrated the current work of two fields of behavioral science which attempt to understand and explain the development of the normal and the pathologically marred child and adult. He is also, however, suggesting alterations in our theory of the mind, alterations in technique, and alterations in our theory of cure. This book might, therefore, serve as a point of departure in discussions as to the nature of theory and treatment. It can also serve as a bridge to discussion with scientists outside our profession who are involved in the direct observation of children."

- Sydney M. Lytton, M.D., Bulletin of the Psychoanalytic Association of New York

"Psychoanalysis and Infant Research is one of the most important publications in our discipline in recent years, mandatory reading for all psychotherapists. There is so much information and so many ideas packed into the book that one can only mention some of the high points in the hope that the reader will turn directly to the book."

- Richard D. Chessick, Ph.D., Dynamic Psychotherapy

Table of Contents

I. The Neonate 1. The Challenge for Psychoanalytic Theory from Neonate Research 2. How Can We Examine the Beginning Sense of Self and Object? II. The First Year 3. Toward and Adaptational Perspective on the First Year 4. Do We Need to Postulate Self-Object Differentiation in the First Year? 5. Additional Timetable Considerations 6. Reflections on Id and Ego in the First Year III. The Second Year 7. The Beginnings of an Imaging Capacity and Sign-Signal Informational Exchange 8. Speculations on the Self-as-a-Whole as an "Emergent Property" 9. The Effect of Assertiveness and Genital Awareness on the Emergent Self 10. Symbolic Representation and Consolidation of Sense of Self IV. Applications 11. Erotogenic Zones Versus Alternative Organizational Models of Infancy 12. The Psychoanalytic Situation and Infancy 13. An Experiential Conception of What Is Curative in Psychoanalysis

About the Author

Joseph D. Lichtenberg, M.D., is Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanaytic Inquiry, Director Emeritus of the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, and past President of the International Council for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles, including Craft and Spirit: A Guide to the Exploratory Psychotherapies (Analytic Press, 2005) and, with Frank Lachmann and James Fosshage, A Sprit of Inquiry: Communication in Psychoanalysis (Analytic Press, 2002).

About the Series

Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series

Like its counterpart, Psychoanalytic Inquiry: A Topical Journal for Mental Health Professionals, the Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series presents a diversity of subjects within a diversity of approaches to those subjects. Under the editorship of Joseph Lichtenberg, in collaboration with Melvin Bornstein and the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Inquiry, the volumes in this series strike a balance between research, theory, and clinical application. We are honored to have published the works of various innovators in psychoanalysis, such as Lachmann, Fosshage, Stolorow, Orange, Sander, Wurmser, Grotstein, Jones, Brothers, Busch, and Lichtenberg, among others. 

The series includes books and monographs on mainline psychoanalytic topics, such as sexuality, narcissism, trauma, homosexuality, jealousy, envy, and varied aspects of analytic process and technique.  In our efforts to broaden the field of analytic interest, the series has incorporated and embraced innovative discoveries in infant research, self psychology, intersubjectivity, motivational systems, affects as process, responses to cancer, borderline states, contextualism, postmodernism, attachment research and theory, medication, and mentalization. As further investigations in psychoanalysis come to fruition, we seek to present them in readable, easily comprehensible writing.

After 25 years, the core vision of this series remains the investigation, analysis and discussion of developments on the cutting edge of the psychoanalytic field, inspired by a boundless spirit of inquiry.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Child
PSYCHOLOGY / Research & Methodology