Childhood Development: Piaget and Beyond

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*An online course I presented Oct 2016 Piaget’s theory of how our cognitive intelligence develops Freud’s theory of how our emotional life develops Solan’s theory of how our recognition of who are we, of our Self (healthy narcissism) develops presented

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Why Diaper Weaning is Essential in the Solidification of Individuation

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* Published in the International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology (2016)     Abstract This paper explores the importance of diaper weaning, which takes place in a period of life when the toddler is capable of individuation and partnership with his parents.

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The Role of Healthy Narcissism in Relating Emotionally to Familiarity and the Unknown

*Published in The Journal of Mental Disorders and Treatment (2016)   Abstract Narcissism is a greatly maligned human characteristic. It’s understandable. Narcissists tend not to consider others’ feelings. They think only of themselves, and use those who care for them

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The Importance of Diaper Weaning in Consolidating the Personality

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As parents, it is natural to want to wean your child from diapers as soon as possible. It seems to represent your child’s level of development. The sooner diaper weaning is complete, the better. But a child’s reality is more

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The Leadership Crisis

From infancy onward we continually accumulate memory traces from all our experiences. We integrate them into a reservoir of perceptions and representations of ourselves and figures important to us (objects). This reservoir represents a sort of narcissistic network which lets

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How Does Language Develop?

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The Journey From “Media Sensory Communication” Through Monologue Via Dialogue In everyday use, ‘language’ is usually taken to mean that which is spoken aloud. However, we communicate from birth using a range of modalities and as adults we do not

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Anorexia and its Roots in Early Childhood Experience

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Anorexia affects approximately 1% of teenagers, and is more common in females. Aged fourteen, Victoria is showing signs of this affliction. She is reluctant to eat, and is concerned with gaining weight. Her primary fixation is with the maintenance of

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Why Psychosomatic Disease is Common in Children

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We tend to consider our emotional world as separate from our physical world. Being sad is different to having a stomach bug; emotional pain is different to physical pain. But the reality of psychosomatic disease turns that thinking on its

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The Six Steps To Being Happy

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What would you give in exchange for true happiness? Would you believe me if I told you there are some simple steps to being happy? Being happy is one of the most basic human desires. But, no matter who you

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The “No No” Child

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During toddlerhood, children experience increased control and mastery over their own bodies. They also realize that they can manipulate their parents’ emotional reactions and feel empowered and omnipotent. Power struggles emerge between parent and child. Rachel, aged two and a

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