Gen Psych Lect 24

Gen Psych Lect 24 - ." Mirroring is a basic function...

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H e i n z K ohu t ( 1913 - 1981) P s y c ho a n a l y s i s ( c on t ' d ) Major idea: child needs deep mirroring from caretaker Mirroring is the process of: AFFIRMING DESCRIBIN G EXPLORING ELABORATI NG What the child is feeling and undergoing. Example: Child looks sad. Parent says: "You look unhappy." [describing] "What is the matter?" [exploring] Child says: "Oh, it's school." Parent says: "What's the matter? Did something go wrong?" [exploring, affirming] And continues. Parent should never contradict what the child is feeling. The child is feeling the truth. These are real emotions. Pushing them down leads to depression, trauma, drug addiction, etc. A typical phrase that a parent uses to contradict a child is to say: "You always….
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Unformatted text preview: ." Mirroring is a basic function of a good parent. A child needs mirroring as much as it needs food. Mirroring is like sunlight to a plant. Growth is impossible without mirroring. Remember: Mirroring affirms the child not the parent. Religion All religious founders, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Moses, Lao Tsu, etc. begin their religious life by going first into the desert. The desert represents the place where there are no social laws, no rules, - i.e., no false self. The desert represents true self . In the desert, the religious founder has one task: Facing the internal object relations. These are described as demons, etc. Gen Ps ych Page 1...
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This note was uploaded on 01/07/2012 for the course 830 101 taught by Professor Brill during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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