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Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Treatment

Author : Beatrice Beebe Ph.D, Steven Knoblauch Ph.D, Judith Rustin M.S.W, Dorienne Sorter Ph.D
Publisher : Other Press
Published : 2005

With new discussions by Theodore Jacobs and Regina Pally

Adult psychoanalysis has approached the study of intersubjectivity by concentrating primarily on the verbal dialogue, an explicit mode of communication. Infant research, on the other hand, focuses on nonverbal communication and implicit modes of action sequences, operating largely out of awareness, such as interactions of gaze, facial expression, and body rhythms. This book proposes that an integration of these two approaches is essential to a deeper understanding of the therapeutic action.

The authors use a dyadic systems model of self- and interactive regulation as a lens for comparing diverse theories of intersubjectivity, both in adults and infants. Building on the definition of intersubjectivity in infancy as correspondence and matching of expressions, the authors offer an expanded view of the presymbolic origins of intersubjectivity. They address the place of interactive regulation, problems with the concept of matching, the roles of self-regulation and of difference, and the balance of self- and interactive regulation. An adult treatment of early trauma is described through detailed clinical case material illustrating both the verbal narrative and the implicit "action dialogue" operating largely outside of awareness.

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Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-constructing InteractionsAuthor : Beatrice Beebe Ph.D & Frank M. Lachmann Ph.D
Publisher : Analytic Press
Published : 2005


This book is the first synoptic rendering of Beebe's and Lachmann's impressive body of work. Therapists unfamiliar with current research findings will find here a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of infant competencies. Infant Research and Adult Treatment is destined to be a permanent addition to every thoughtful clinician's bookshelf.

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Rhythms of Dialogue in Infancy

Author : Joseph Jaffe M.D, Beatrice Beebe Ph.D, Stanley Feldstein Ph.D, Cynthia L. Crown Ph.D, Michael D. Jasnow Ph.D
Publisher : Blackwell Publishing Limited
Published : 2001

Coordination between infant and adult is thought to be essential to infant development. However, the evidence is sparse. The study is theoretically and methodologically grounded in a dyadic systems perspective and relational psychoanalysis. Our automated apparatus explores the micro-second timing of 4-month infant-adult vocal coordination to predict 12-month infant attachment and cognition. Coordination was related to the contexts of partner (mother/stranger), site (home/lab) and outcome (attachment/cognition). Although "more" coordination is generally assumed to be "better", a midrange was optimal for attachment (enhancing flexibility), and a high degree between stranger and infant in the lab was optimal for cognition ("high novelty response"). Stranger-infant coordination showed more mutual (bidirectional) coordination than mother-infant, suggesting that the measure assesses vigilance rather than "attunement." Stranger-infant coordination predicted attachment just as well as mother-infant, and was a more powerful predictor of cognition. This work further defines a fundamental dyadic timing matrix that guides the trajectory of infant development.

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Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Treatment

Author : Beatrice Beebe Ph.D, Steven Knoblauch Ph.D, Judith Rustin M.S.W, Dorienne Sorter Ph.D, Theodore Jacobs M.D, & Regina Pally M.D
Publisher : Other Press
Published : 2005

This book demonstrates that forms of intersubjectivity documented in infant research are richly relevant to adult psychoanalytic forms of intersubjectivity. Adult psychoanalysis has approached the study of intersubjectivity by concentrating primarily on the verbal dialogue, an explicit mode of communication. Infant research, on the other hand, focuses on nonverbal communication and implicit modes of action sequences, operating largely out of awareness, such as interactions of gaze, facial expression, and body rhythms. This book proposes that an integration of these two approaches is essential to a deeper understanding of the therapeutic action.
The authors use a dyadic systems model of self- and interactive regulation as a lens for comparing diverse theories of intersubjectivity, both in adults and infants. Building on the definition of intersubjectivity in infancy as correspondence and matching of expressions, the authors offer an expanded view of the presymbolic origins of intersubjectivity. They address the place of interactive regulation, problems with the concept of matching, the roles of self-regulation and of difference, and the balance of self- and interactive regulation. An adult treatment of early trauma is described through detailed clinical case material illustrating both the verbal narrative and the implicit "action dialogue" operating largely outside of awareness.

This book includes new discussions by Theodore Jacobs, arguing that nonverbal communication is vitally important to psychoanalysis, and by Regina Pally, arguing that aspects of this book have parallels in neuroscience.

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