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Blackman, J.S. (2017). Pick up the baby (or dire consequences will ensue)!. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 26(1):33-37.

(2017). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 26(1):33-37

Pick up the baby (or dire consequences will ensue)!

Jerome S. Blackman

Decades of psychoanalytic developmental studies on children one year of age and under point to the need for maternal soothing when the infant is crying. Contrary to behavioral theorists who recommend letting the infant “cry it out,” data from analytically informed researchers of very different orientations converge on the conclusion that rocking, feeding, and/or verbal soothing by the mothering figure are requisite to set the stage for good mental health during the rest of the child’s development.

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