chapter  12
`Talk to me baby, tell me what's the matter now': Semiotic and developmental perspectives on communication in psychoanalytic infant treatment
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I argue that Karen could communicate to me many of her unresolved intrapsychic and interpersonal con¯icts, such as her anger and dif®culties in negotiating it with her mother. Truly, she did not respond to my interpretations by telling me `what's the matter now.' But her ability to express herself to me and to understand my communication was so well developed that the blues title sprang to my mind as an apt metaphor for this form of psychoanalytic work. `Talk to me baby' thus denotes the analyst's consistent way of speaking to the infant about her inner world.