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Book: Bringing Up Baby - The Psychoanalytic Infant Comes of Age by Dianna T. Kenny

Book: Bringing Up Baby - The Psychoanalytic Infant Comes of Age by Dianna T. Kenny

categories: Book, Early Childhood, Psychoanalytic Theories, Attachment Theory, Cognitive Development, Developmental Neuroscience, Infants and Children, Early Relationships, Growth and Development, Thinking and Language, Infant Development


Dianna T. Kenny

Author Dianna T. Kennyabout this book: There is no part of the human lifespan more intriguing or important than infancy. Many scholars, beginning with Freud, understood the profound impact of the child's first emotional ties on subsequent development.

This much needed text provides a coherent account of how theories of infant development have evolved over the past 120 years, since Freud revealed his highly contested and still hotly debated theory of infant sexuality. It investigates the ways in which development is enhanced, derailed and repaired through contact with the environment. As observed, "…children …thrive in socially and financially unstable situations if they are firmly attached to their parents, and to come to grief under the best social conditions when such emotional security is missing".

This book describes what happens to children as they set off on life's journey, each with a capacity to embrace life's gifts and challenges. Some will manage to retain the joie de vivre of their early years, while others succumb to depression, detachment and despair? The answer lies in the quality of that first bond between mother and infant. Freud described the infant–mother relationship as ". . . the first and strongest love-object and as the prototype of all later love relations – for both sexes".

Drawing on insights from psychoanalytic theories, developmental psychology, theories of cognitive development, and developmental neuroscience, this text provides a firm, evidence-based survey of child rearing practices that provide the best foundation for healthy growth and development. The take-home message is that it is the quality of the child's interpersonal environment - relationships with primary caregivers/parents, siblings, teachers, and peers – that lays the foundation for healthy development.

This book is a must on the shelves of all those who care for and work with infants and children.

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