The Significance of the Emergence of Language and Symbol in the Development of the Young Infant
First Online: 16 September 2006 DOI:
Cite this article as: Waldron, S. J Relig Health (2007) 46: 85. doi:10.1007/s10943-006-9089-7 Abstract
In this paper I have suggested that the mother–child dyad is the foundation for integrity between the psychic self and the physical self, and the capacity of these to relate to the external environment. I have also argued that the development of language and symbol are creative agents in the development of consciousness in the young infant, and that the emergence of language and symbol are an expression of the opening of a potential space which allows differentiation from the mother and facilitates the infant’s ability to distinguish fantasy from fact and self from other.
Keywords integrity body language symbol consciousness
Sharn Waldron is a psychotherapist residing and working in Suffolk, England and is a registered member with the UKCP through the Forum for Independent Psychotherapists. She has contributed numerous papers for international psychotherapeutic journals, is a contributor to Pear’s Cyclopedia and writes freelance for Penguin and the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.
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