ABSTRACT

I approach the field of psychoanalysis as a developmentalist and integrationist. By the field of psychoanalysis, I refer to a body of information gleaned from a century long clinical realm of therapeutics, a constantly changing domain of theory, and an increasingly sophisticated arena of research in infancy, mental states, and neuroscience. By developmentalist, I refer to a fascination with the life cycle beginning in the intrauterine and infancy periods, and continuing through the oedipal, adolescent, adult and late life epochs. By integrationist, I refer to the two basic questions with which I approach the field: First what is “right,” that is, what is valuable about this particular clinical observation, theory, or research finding? Second how does what is valuable about this observation, theory, or research fit with or alter the observations, theories, and research findings on which I have built my beliefs and practice?