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A Psychoanalytic Theory of Infantile Experience : Conceptual and Clinical Reflections - Eugenio Gaddini

A Psychoanalytic Theory of Infantile Experience

Conceptual and Clinical Reflections

Paperback Published: 3rd September 1992
ISBN: 9780415074353
Number Of Pages: 220

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Eugenio Gaddini (1916-85) was a pioneer within the Italian psychoanalytic movement. His research into psychic conflicts in adult patients led him to realize that most archaic and primitive mental processes were close to body functions. Focusing his research on the psycho-physical syndromes of early infancy, he then sought to determine which particular functions contribute to the creation of the mind. For this edited collection of Gaddini's papers, Adam Limentani has selected those covering three main themes: imitation, which Gaddini saw as a central factor in early development; ego formation - the process of instinctual drive arousal and the awareness of separateness from the object; and the way the body becomes meaningful to the mind. In each paper Gaddini supports his hypotheses with ample clinical material. Limentani's interpretative and explanatory introduction discusses what Gaddini and Winnicott had in common and where they differed; the points of contact and difference with Kleinian theories; Gaddini's view of imitiation in the development of the mind; and his approach to psychosomatic medicine. Above all Limentani stresses Gaddini's originality and independence of thought.

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"Essential reading." - Robert Whyte, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

"This is an important book. From Gaddini's wealth of ideas and experience it offers, particularly, his unique views on development, involving his correlations and creative combinations of the psychological and the psychosomatic, of metapsychology and object-relations theory, of external observation and clinical practice, of body and mind, mental and physical, and so on; all used to give invaluably stimulating suggestions and new slants to these very problematic areas." - Anne Hayman, International Journal of Psychoanalysis

On Imitation (1969)
Aggression and the Pleasure Principle: Towards a Psychoanalytic Theory of Aggression (1972)
Beyond the Death Instinct: Problems of Psychoanalytic Research on Aggression (1972)
Formation of the Father and the Primal Scene (1974)
On Father Formation in Early Childhood Development (1976)
Therapeutic Technique in Psychoanalysis: Research, Controversies and Evolution (1975)
The Invention of Space in Psychoanalysis (1976)
Notes on the Mind-body Question (1980)
Early Defensive Fantasies and the Psychoanalytical Process (1981)
Acting Out in the Psychoanalytic Session (1982)
The Pre-symbolic Activity of the Infant Mind (1984)
The Mask and the Circle (1985)
Changes in Psychoanalytic Patients up to the Present Day (1984)
Name Index
Subject Index
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ISBN: 9780415074353
ISBN-10: 0415074355
Series: New Library of Psychoanalysis
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 3rd September 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1