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Blank, H.R. (1983). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXV. 1980: The Development of the Self: A Psychoanalytic Perspective. Gerald Stechler and Samuel Kaplan. Pp. 85-105.. Psychoanal Q., 52:310-311.
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(1983). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 52:310-311

The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXV. 1980: The Development of the Self: A Psychoanalytic Perspective. Gerald Stechler and Samuel Kaplan. Pp. 85-105.

H. Robert Blank

Years of longitudinal study of infants and children yielded data that could not be sufficiently explained by metapsychological concepts. Furthermore, there was no way of bridging the gap between metapsychology and the data emerging from such fields as neurophysiology, ethology, and Piagetian psychology. The authors attempt to demonstrate that the infant's inevitable crises foster the development of self-regulating functions which in turn evolve into organizing principles (previously called psychic structures). Breaches of integration have a cardinal role in this formulation. This helps clarify the concept of conflict, especially as it leads to the conceptualization of the self as the central psychoanalytic proposition. The self is seen as arising via a series of syntheses which

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are the active resolutions of experienced conflict. The theory is an extension of Louis Sander's developmental model of mutual adaptation and regulation between mother and infant. The authors' views are exemplified by observational data of an infant girl interacting with mother and father over the first year of life.

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Article Citation

Blank, H.R. (1983). The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, XXXV. 1980. Psychoanal. Q., 52:310-311

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