Never before has research on newborn behavior and parent-infant interaction been fully integrated with psychoanalytic insight into parents' emotions and fantasies. This book provide a vivid glimpse of the parents' daydreams and narcissistic wishes which grow into a desire for a child, and they show how these feelings develop into important attachments to the unborn infant during pregnancy. The "power and competence" of the newborn born then challenges parental fantasies, desires, wishes and expectations, creating the beginnings of the bond between parent and child. Using the latest research, the authors clarify all the ways the infant participates in the dawning relationship and the ingredients of very early communication and interaction. They then unveil the "imaginary interactions" which lend meaning and drama to each gesture and expression. We see the baby as Tyrant, as Savior, or as the reincarnation of lost relationships. Everyone who cares for mothers and babies-pediatricians, developmental and clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, early childhood specialists, nurses and social workers-as well as interested parents, will find this book of immediate value.

part One|42 pages

Pregnancy: The Birth of Attachment

chapter |1 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

The Prehistory of Attachment

chapter 2|15 pages

The Dawn of Attachment

chapter 3|10 pages

Attachment in Fathers-to-Be

part Two|40 pages

The Newborn as Participant

chapter |2 pages


chapter 5|4 pages

Reflexes in the Newborn

chapter 6|10 pages

The Five Senses in the Newborn

chapter 7|6 pages

States of Consciousness

chapter 8|6 pages

Assessment of the Newborn

chapter 9|8 pages

Individual Differences

part Three|46 pages

Observing Early Interaction

chapter |2 pages


chapter 10|10 pages

Interaction Studies: An Overview

chapter 11|10 pages

Interaction in Context

chapter 12|5 pages

Still-Face Studies

chapter 13|8 pages

Four Stages in Early Interaction

chapter 14|8 pages

Essentials of Early Interaction

part Four|35 pages

Imaginary Interactions

chapter |1 pages


chapter 15|5 pages

Giving Meaning to Infant Behavior

chapter 16|11 pages

The Infant As Ghost

chapter 17|6 pages

Reenacting Past Modes of Relationship

chapter 18|5 pages

The Child As One Part of the Parent

chapter 19|1 pages

Assessing Imaginary Interactions

part Five|67 pages

Understanding the Earliest Relationship: A Complementary Approach to Infant Assessment

chapter |2 pages


chapter 21|4 pages

Assessing Interaction

chapter 22|10 pages

Lisa: "Angry Already"

chapter 23|4 pages

Sebastian: "Reproachful Eyes"

chapter 24|7 pages

Peter: "Wild Man"

chapter 25|7 pages

Clarissa: "No Matter What"

chapter 26|3 pages

Bob: "They Took Him Away"

chapter 27|6 pages

Antonio: "A Bad Eye"

chapter 28|6 pages

Sarah: "Malina"

chapter 29|4 pages

Mary: "Time Out"

chapter 30|3 pages

Julian: "The Tyrant"

chapter 31|3 pages

Assessment As Intervention