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On the Psychic Economy of Developmental Processes

On the Psychic Economy of Developmental Processes Abstract I HAVE GIVEN my paper an abstract, generalizing title. Beginning with an evolution of concepts which originate in observation and experience, I hope to illustrate the assumption that the prerequisite of developmental processes is energy derived from transformations of primary narcissism through the reciprocal interactions of egoobject relationships. I want to emphasize that development is a biological and psychological continuum. What begins at conception continues through childhood and adolescence, evolving further under the influence of the reproductive physiology and parenthood, utilizing the same primary mechanisms which operate from infancy on mental growth and development. I must add, however, that the concept of "normal development" implies more than psychosexual development toward and through parenthood. It includes that expansion of the personality which occurs through learning, taking this term in its widest application and in its psychologically deepest meaning; this includes work, achievement, References 1. Bendek, T.: Adaptation to Reality in Early Infancy , Psychoanal Quart 7:200-214, 1938. 2. Ripin, R.: A Study of the Infant's Feeding Reactions During the First Six Months of Life , Arch Psychol , pp 1-44, 1930. 3. Erikson, E.: Chilhood and Society , New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1950. 4. Freud, S.: Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex , standard edition, 1905, vol 9. 5. Freud, S.: Beyond the Pleasure Principle , standard edition, 1920, vol 18. 6. Freud, S.: On Narcissism: An Introduction , standard edition, 1914, vol 14. 7. Freud, S.: Abriss der Psychoanalyse , Standard edition, 1949, vol 23. 8. Benedek, T.: The Psychosomatic Implications of the Primary Unit: Mother-Child , Amer J Orthopsychiat 19, 1949. 9. Mahler, M.S.: " Thoughts About Development and Individuation ," in Psychoanalytic Study of the Child , New York: Basic Books Inc., 1965. 10. Brodey, W.M.: " On the Dynamics of Narcissism: Externalization and Early Ego Development ," in Psychoanalytic Study of the Child , New York: Basic Books Inc., 1965. 11. Parsons, T., et al: Family Socialization and Interaction Process , Chicago: The Free Press of Glencoe, 1955. 12. Jacobson, E.: The Self and the Object World , Psychoanal Stud Child 9:75-127, 1954. 13. Benedek, T.: Parenthood as a Developmental Phase , J Amer Psychoanal Assoc 7:389-417, 1959.Crossref 14. Kohut, H. Forms and Transformations of Narcissism , J Amer Psychoanal Assoc 14:243-272, 1966.Crossref 15. Benedek, T., and Rubenstein, B.B.: The Sexual Cycle in Women, Washington , DC: National Research Council, 1942. 16. Benedek, T.: Toward the Biology of the Depressive Constellation , J Amer Psychoanal Assoc 4:389-427, 1956.Crossref http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of General Psychiatry American Medical Association

On the Psychic Economy of Developmental Processes

Archives of General Psychiatry , Volume 17 (3) – Sep 1, 1967

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1967 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0003-990X
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1598-3636
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10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730270015004
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Abstract

Abstract I HAVE GIVEN my paper an abstract, generalizing title. Beginning with an evolution of concepts which originate in observation and experience, I hope to illustrate the assumption that the prerequisite of developmental processes is energy derived from transformations of primary narcissism through the reciprocal interactions of egoobject relationships. I want to emphasize that development is a biological and psychological continuum. What begins at conception continues through childhood and adolescence, evolving further under the influence of the reproductive physiology and parenthood, utilizing the same primary mechanisms which operate from infancy on mental growth and development. I must add, however, that the concept of "normal development" implies more than psychosexual development toward and through parenthood. It includes that expansion of the personality which occurs through learning, taking this term in its widest application and in its psychologically deepest meaning; this includes work, achievement, References 1. Bendek, T.: Adaptation to Reality in Early Infancy , Psychoanal Quart 7:200-214, 1938. 2. Ripin, R.: A Study of the Infant's Feeding Reactions During the First Six Months of Life , Arch Psychol , pp 1-44, 1930. 3. Erikson, E.: Chilhood and Society , New York: W.W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1950. 4. Freud, S.: Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex , standard edition, 1905, vol 9. 5. Freud, S.: Beyond the Pleasure Principle , standard edition, 1920, vol 18. 6. Freud, S.: On Narcissism: An Introduction , standard edition, 1914, vol 14. 7. Freud, S.: Abriss der Psychoanalyse , Standard edition, 1949, vol 23. 8. Benedek, T.: The Psychosomatic Implications of the Primary Unit: Mother-Child , Amer J Orthopsychiat 19, 1949. 9. Mahler, M.S.: " Thoughts About Development and Individuation ," in Psychoanalytic Study of the Child , New York: Basic Books Inc., 1965. 10. Brodey, W.M.: " On the Dynamics of Narcissism: Externalization and Early Ego Development ," in Psychoanalytic Study of the Child , New York: Basic Books Inc., 1965. 11. Parsons, T., et al: Family Socialization and Interaction Process , Chicago: The Free Press of Glencoe, 1955. 12. Jacobson, E.: The Self and the Object World , Psychoanal Stud Child 9:75-127, 1954. 13. Benedek, T.: Parenthood as a Developmental Phase , J Amer Psychoanal Assoc 7:389-417, 1959.Crossref 14. Kohut, H. Forms and Transformations of Narcissism , J Amer Psychoanal Assoc 14:243-272, 1966.Crossref 15. Benedek, T., and Rubenstein, B.B.: The Sexual Cycle in Women, Washington , DC: National Research Council, 1942. 16. Benedek, T.: Toward the Biology of the Depressive Constellation , J Amer Psychoanal Assoc 4:389-427, 1956.Crossref

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Archives of General PsychiatryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Sep 1, 1967

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