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Daniel N. Stern
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When an infant is unable to share their inner experiences, they might begin to focus on __________, rather than sharing.
(a) Regulation.
(b) Avoiding.
(c) Internalizing.
(d) Ignoring.

2. At the same time, language can also create a split in the experience of the ______ because it can only partially represent other senses of self.
(a) Other.
(b) Self.
(c) Inner being.
(d) Inner knowing.

3. Children also begin to acquire a capacity to engage in _________ play, or the process of imitating the actions of adults in their lives.
(a) Witness.
(b) Maturing.
(c) Coloring.
(d) Symbolic.

4. Traditional theories are limited because they think of the phases of development as being ______-specific.
(a) Age.
(b) Environment.
(c) Gender.
(d) Action.

5. Stern says that more __________ is needed since the ideas he presents in this book are merely hypotheses.
(a) Experimentation.
(b) Infant case studies.
(c) Research.
(d) Support.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is NOT one of the three different qualities that can be matched in the process of affect attunement?

2. At times, search strategies and certain therapeutic approaches cause therapists to overemphasize some problems in _______, while ignoring others.

3. Self psychology, according to Stern, offers the most ________ value when it suggests search strategies that help construct life narratives.

4. Non-__________ is a situation in which the infant is unable to engage in an attunement of affect, as in the case of being around a mentally unstable person.

5. Cumulative interactive patterns, for example, may be the source of many extreme _________ disorders, though finding the cause might be impossible.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does it mean when the book says it is cross-modal and that it can cross sensory modalities?

2. What does Stern see as being the most important and clinically observable aspect of intersubjective relatedness?

3. What are the three senses of self, as listed in this section of the book by Stern?

4. Why might pathologies result in the study of the formation of self in the infant, according to Stern?

5. What does Stern believe about the capacities that tie diverse experiences of the social world together?

6. Why should the period of emergence of each sense of self be focused on when an infant is studied, according to the content of the book?

7. Why does Stern omit the idea of an oral stage when he discusses the infant growth stages, according to the content of the book?

8. What sense is most sensitive during its formation, according to Stern in this book?

9. What does it seem about the levels of stimulation that an infant experiences in their life, according to the content of the book?

10. Why does language cause a split in the experience of the self, according to the book?

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