The Interpersonal World of the Infant: A View from Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology - Part II, The Four Senses of Self, Chapter 8, The Sense of a Verbal Self Summary & Analysis

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Part II, The Four Senses of Self, Chapter 8, The Sense of a Verbal Self Summary and Analysis

Once a child's second year begins her life language arises and her senses of self acquire new properties. The self and the other can now related in an enormous number of ways and shared varied meanings. This creates a new subjective perspective and domain of relatedness. "Being with" relations multiply. However, language causes a split in the experience of the self because it can only partially represent the three other senses of self - emergent, core and intersubjective.

Between fifteen and eighteen months, children start to imagine and represent things with signs and symbols. They can also perform "deferred imitation" where they repeat behaviors observed and acquire new skills. To do so, they must accurately...

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