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Silverman, M.A. (2005). THE CRADLE OF THOUGHT: EXPLORING THE ORIGINS OF THINKING. By Peter Hobson. London: Macmillan, 2002. 296 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 74(4):1139-1150.

(2005). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 74(4):1139-1150

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THE CRADLE OF THOUGHT: EXPLORING THE ORIGINS OF THINKING. By Peter Hobson. London: Macmillan, 2002. 296 pp.

Review by:
Martin A. Silverman

Peter Hobson is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and psychologist. He is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the Tavistock Clinic and a professor in the Psychiatry Department at University College, London. Hobson has long been interested in the development of thought and language and in the condition of autism, in which thought and language are tragically impaired. In this volume, he reports on his and others' investigations into the way in which thinking and speaking emerge out of the infant's experience within the emotionally charged, bidirectional, social interaction with caretakers that begins soon after birth. As Hobson puts it:

Communication involves affecting and being affected by someone else. The transaction involves the transmission of feelings, thoughts or whatever between two minds.

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