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Edgar, J.R. (1990). Psychoanalytic Inquiry. VIII, 1988: The Dialectic Between the "Interpersonal" and the "Intrapsychic": With Particular Emphasis on the Role of Memory and Representation. Daniel L. Stern. Pp. 505-512.. Psychoanal Q., 59:329-330.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Psychoanalytic Inquiry. VIII, 1988: The Dialectic Between the "Interpersonal" and the "Intrapsychic": With Particular Emphasis on the Role of Memory and Representation. Daniel L. Stern. Pp. 505-512.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 59:329-330

Psychoanalytic Inquiry. VIII, 1988: The Dialectic Between the "Interpersonal" and the "Intrapsychic": With Particular Emphasis on the Role of Memory and Representation. Daniel L. Stern. Pp. 505-512.

James R. Edgar

Stern focuses on the interaction of the intrapsychic and the interpersonal to understand how we create "representations" or "subjective psychic reality." He identifies five processes available to the infant to restructure her or his interpersonal reality to a "subjective psychic reality." Traditional psychodynamic operations are one of these processes. Stern's main focus is on the other four processes. The second process is the development of such capacities as perception, stimulus barrier,

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and cognitive capabilities. Stern refers to the inability to differentiate self from other and the "normal symbiotic stage" as examples of "subjective psychic reality" due to the process of development. For these factors to persist in influencing subjective psychic reality past an early age, some degree of intrapsychic processes (defense against conflict) has to superimpose itself on development. The third process is "innate object related preferences and tendencies." Stern places these phenomena within the intrapsychic domain but says they are related to attachment tendencies directed at the interpersonal object. The fourth process is the process by which "lived events become memories, how memories are organized into representations, and then how these representations affect the subsequent interpretation of other lived events." The author describes an encoding of similar events, formation of a prototypic memory that conserves the invariant factors while discarding the rest. This prototypic memory will be a very conservative force when interpreting any current interpersonal reality and could be another explanation for repetition compulsion. The fifth process he calls "specific memories as distinct from prototypic memories": some singular event or item in memory is so potent that in interpreting the present interpersonal reality, one overlooks the more common or shared items in forming a subjective psychic reality.

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Edgar, J.R. (1990). Psychoanalytic Inquiry. VIII, 1988. Psychoanal. Q., 59:329-330

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