(2004). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 59:124-142
The experience, , and of self in motion play a central part in the , aspirations, and affective life of individuals, and in their growth.
Human infants are supplied with an intrinsic to move to, with, and against forces and objects in the natural world, for that maps a developing self into the world. This striving is not derivative from some other ; it is a motivational force in and of itself, intertwined with other essential strivings of the developing individual.
Clinical observations and recent findings of developmental and neurobiological studies demonstrate that positive aspects of a person's striving in the sphere of motor control imbue a person's sense of self with qualities of , , and . And, when thwarted, distorted, or unbalanced in to other strivings, one's physicality may also be a locus for and maladaptive defenses.
of self in to the world at large and especially to significant others are often encoded in procedural modes of and perceiving, where movement is central. When the analyst is attuned to the experience of motor in the life of the person he or she seeks to know fully and to help, the appreciation of that person's motives, emotions, and sense of self is deepened and enhanced.