Sources of Energy:
“Now Moments” meet Relational Process
The findings of infancy researchers have been generally resonant with much of the intersubjective emphasis of a relational perspective, recognizing the deep affective and rhythmic connection between mother and child that serves as a crucible of human development. Some more recent developments, however, seem to emphasize contrasting understandings, particularly around the important issue of the process of clinical change. We will explore this issue and in particular the issue of energy, from the perspective of a relational process and from the perspective of some areas of infancy research. We will look at the contributions of Daniel Stern including “now moments” and “vitality affects” and consider how these contributions have been depicted in their clinical application. Are now moments discrete events? Within the course of therapy, do vitality affects exist unto themselves or is their meaningfulness in part a feature of the interrelated polarities, the “ritual and spontaneity” (Hoffman) engendered by a relational clinical process?
Margaret Black Mitchell, LCSW, BCD
is a Founder and Vice-President of IARPP; a Founder, Board Member and Faculty of the Stephen Mitchell Relational Study Center; a Board Director, Director of Continuing Education and Supervisor at NIP; and an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues.
Margaret is co-author, with Stephen Mitchell, of Freud and Beyond, A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought, Basic Books 1995. Her published articles concern the relationship between theory and clinical practice.
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