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Dalla "metafora" evolutiva al "modello" evolutivo: il restringimento del ruolo del linguaggio nella cura della parola
Author/s: Jeanine M. Vivona 
Year:  2007 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  22 Pg. 443-464 FullText PDF:  165 KB

From developmental metaphor to developmental model: the shrinking role of language in the talking cure. Psychoanalysts have invoked infant development diversely to understand nonverbal aspects of lived experience, including in the clinical situation. Two uses of developmental notions and their implications for understanding language and the therapeutic action of psychoanalysis are juxtaposed here: Hans Loewald’s developmental metaphor and Daniel N. Stern’s developmental model, that is built around findings from quantitative research. Loewald’s metaphorical use of early development identifies and thus potentiates a central role for language in psychoanalytic treatment. By contrast, Stern exaggerates abstract, disembodied qualities of language, and underestimates the degree to which lived experiences can be meaningfully verbalized. As contemporary psychoanalysis moves toward embracing developmental models such as Stern’s, we are forced to accept a shrinking role for language in the talking cure. [KEY WORDS: language, infant development, Hans Loewald, Daniel N. Stern, therapeutic action of psychoanalysis]

Jeanine M. Vivona, in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 4/2007, pp. 443-464, DOI:


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