Infant research observations and hypotheses have raised serious questions about previous mainstream psychoanalytic theories of earliest childhood development.
In Jungian Psychotherapy and Contemporary Infant Research, Mario Jacoby looks at how these observations are relevant to psychotherapeutic and Jungian analytical practice. Using recent findings in infant research, along with practical examples from therapeutic practice, he shows how early emotional exchange processes, though becoming superimposed in adult life by rational control and various defenses, remain operative and become reactivated in situations of intimacy.
Jungian Psychotherapy and Contemporary Infant Research will be of interest to both professionals and students involved in analytical psychology and psychotherapy.
Table of Contents
Part I: About the Psychology of the Infant 1. The child in the imagination of the adult 2. The clinical and the observed infant 3. The clinically reconstructed infant in the development of psychoanalytic theory 4. The observed infant in psychoanalytic perspective 5. The observed infant in infant research 6. Drives versus motivational systems 7. The affects 8. The self and the organizational forms of the sense of self 9.The question of fantasy in infancy 10. The symbolic function 11. The infant and its environment Part II: Jungian Theories of the complexes and modern infant research 1. Archetypes and complexes 2. The mother complex 3. The father complex 4. About the inferiority complex 5. Sexual complexes 6. The dominance of aversive motivations and their influence on the formation of complexes Part III: The significance of infant research for analysis and analytical psychotherapy 1. Some basic principles of Jungian analysis 2. The core self in the psychotherapeutic field 3. Organizational stage of intersubjectivity in therapy 4. The verbal sense of self within the therapeutic field 5. On interpreting dreams Closing remarks Bibliography
Mario Jacoby is a training and supervising analyst at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich. He is the author of Individuation and Narcissism (1991) and Shame and the Origins of Self Esteem (1993)