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Clinical implications of infancy research

Affect, interaction, and nonverbal meaning
WithSeligman Stephen

The infant developmentalists’ assertion that relationships were primary, dislocated the instinct model’s assumptions about infancy and, correspondingly, about the instinctual–primitive core of human psychology, child development, psychic structure, psychopathology, and clinical technique. The classical “metaphor of the baby” (Mitchell, 1988), then, as passive and driven from within was neither theoretically viable nor sustained as reflecting observed reality.