The Interpersonal World of the Infant: A View from Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Daniel N. Stern
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. The sense of self-______ contains the sense of volition that comes before a motor act, according to the book.

2. The infant begins to see themselves as __________, just as the infant begins to see others around them.

3. There is some debate about how the elements in question 10 relate to the sense of self including all of the following ideas except _______.

4. ________ is the idea that the infant's self concept is created by or at least altered by the narrative that she receives.

5. Self-_________ becomes tied to the behaviors of the self-regulating other because they occur together.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the qualifications of Daniel Stern, according to the introduction of the book?

2. What are some of the developmental markers that will show up in an infant who is around eight weeks?

3. Between what does Stern first need to distinguish before he can continue his study of infancy, according to the content of the book?

4. What have a number of revolutions in collecting information done for the study of infants?

5. What are the differences between the observed infant and the clinical infant in terms of social interaction?

6. How do clinical and parental views of an infant begin to converge, according to the content of the book?

7. What does Stern say is the definition of the clinical infant as will be described and used in parts of this book?

8. What does infant research note about the capability of the infant who is between two and three months?

9. How does psychoanalysis define progressive reorganizations of infant psychology, according to the content of the book?

10. What happens as a result of infants having a central disposition to create and test the hypotheses of the world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Stern seems to be using the study of infants to help readers learn more about human nature in general.

Part 1: Do infants seem to be a good way to study human nature?

Part 2: Why is the study of human nature important to the audience?

Part 3: How might human behavior change after learning more about infants?

Essay Topic 2

The ideas of the Self and the Other are a discussion that Stern has in the book, though the discussion does not seem to be conclusive.

Part 1: How would you define the idea of the Self in this book?

Part 2: How would you define the Other, as described and discussed in this book?

Part 3: Why do you think the discussion of the Self and the Other is important? Or isn't it?

Essay Topic 3

In this book, it seems that Stern believes infants have a strong sense of their core self when in social situations.

Part 1: Does it seem possible for infants to have a sense of core self?

Part 2: How do you define your core self?

Part 3: Why do you think many people feel they don't understand a sense of core self?

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