Searching for core principles
Louis Sander rethought the psychoanalytic approach to psychic structure, motivation, and therapeutic action, synthesizing infant observation research, nonlinear dynamic systems theories, and current biology, physics, and other “hard” sciences. From this vantage point, he opened a window for a broad and inclusive relational metapsychology of the highest order, updating Freud’s project of linking psychoanalysis with scientific paradigms. Sander emphasized the dynamic relationships between elements in systems, innovating in both method and content. This chapter offers an account of Sander’s broad and deep integration of psychoanalysis and developmental research.