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Lichtenberg, J.D. (1982). Editor's Note. Psychoanal. Inq., 1(4):iv.

(1982). Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 1(4):iv

Editor's Note

Joseph D. Lichtenberg, M.D.

In this, our fourth issue, we complete a year's cycle of publications. With our issues on Regression and On Empathy we have dealt with topics of central concern to psychoanalytic theory and practice. Commentaries on John Gedo's Beyond Interpretation set forth essays on a book of considerable importance to our field. Now, as we planned, we present a fourth issue on a topic that links psychoanalysis proper with an interconnecting field of interest to all mental health professionals.

Infant Research: The Dawn of Awareness builds on the base of the genetic point of view in Freud's discoveries. The authors, however, often step aside from some of the conventions of the classical theory (born largely of reconstruction from later stages) to look afresh at the earliest stages of life. All research on infants bears on psychoanalytic developmental studies, but we have chosen our subtitle, The Dawn of Awareness, to key our authors and our readers to a recognition that, both as practitioners and as researchers, we are intensely involved with what precedes or molds human awareness. Without an enriched understanding of how awareness comes about, we must remain relatively unclear about that principle discovery of Freud's—the vicissitudes of the unconscious. Thus this issue is an inquiry into “first beginnings”—both of the infant's experiential world (his psychological birth) and of our efforts to integrate new findings into our existing conceptions.

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