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Blos, P., Jr. (1993). The Development of the Ego: Implications for Personality Theory, Psychopathology, and the Psychotherapeutic Process: By Stanley I. Greenspan. Madison, CT: Int. Univ. Press, 1989, x + 380 pp., $47.50.. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 41:858-862.

(1993). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 41:858-862

The Development of the Ego: Implications for Personality Theory, Psychopathology, and the Psychotherapeutic Process: By Stanley I. Greenspan. Madison, CT: Int. Univ. Press, 1989, x + 380 pp., $47.50.

Review by:
Peter Blos, Jr., M.D.

Greenspan's book quickly presents a model of early ego development which is based on his developmental-structuralist synthesis of "phase-specific drive-affective derivatives" and the organism's capacity to organize experience (p. 4).

The first chapter draws on the author's earlier attempts to unify the classical developmental theory of Freud with those of Piaget and of the learning theorists (Greenspan, 1975), (1979). He also uses the work of M. S. Mahler, J. Bowlby, self psychology, the data of the empirical infant studies of S. Escalona, R. N. Emde, D. N. Stern and L. A. Sroufe, as well as those that stress neurobiological development. It is Greenspan's opinion that no single theory or complex of studies is without flaw, yet each has something to offer.

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