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II SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS OF INFANT OBSERVATION AS A METHOD WITHIN PSYCHOANALYTIC TRAINING

INTRODUCTION TO SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS OF INFANT OBSERVATION

Significant developments and changes in the field since infant observation became a prerequisite for many psychoanalytic and psychotherapy trainings are explored in the following themes: what is learned in psychoanalysis that is helpful in infant observation, the role of infant observation in training (contribution to the theory of infant's inner world and child development and an increased capacity for containment), and the contribution of infant observation to adult and child psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. What is essential is developing a sensitivity to unconscious processes in developing greater understanding of relationships, transference, countertransference and unconscious affective responses to another person as well as the process of making tentative conceptualisations about what is happening for the developing infant.

 
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