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Caparrotta, L. (1989). Some Thoughts about the Function of Gaze-Avoidance in Early Infancy: a Mother-Baby Observation. Psychoanal. Psychother., 4(1):23-30.

(1989). Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 4(1):23-30

Some Thoughts about the Function of Gaze-Avoidance in Early Infancy: a Mother-Baby Observation

Luigi Caparrotta

This paper examines the role of gaze-avoidance in early infancy. After a brief review of the literature on the subject, there is a discussion based on an infant observation material. The importance of a meaningful eye-to-eye contact between mother and baby is stressed. The author takes the view that gaze aversion could be seen as a response of the infant to maintain his sense of self when threatened with overwhelming anxiety.

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