Implications of Infant Development Research for Clinical Practice

  • Richard L. Vickers


The concept of continuity in human development has long been a provocative subject. The riddle of the Sphynx drew an ironic parallel between the inadequacy of infancy and the infirmity of old age. When Oedipus solved the riddle and freed the city of Thebes, the Sphynx killed herself in disgust, not having expected anyone to answer her question. It took the genius of Freud to discover that psychological causes operate from the distance of childhood in a particular way, through transformations of the psychosexual stages and especially the Oedipus complex. Many objected to this answer too, but it has come to represent the dominant view of psychodynamic theory.


Anorexia Nervosa Infant Development Psychoanalytic Theory Attachment Behavior Oedipus Complex 
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  • Richard L. Vickers
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  1. 1.Institute of Advanced Psychological StudiesAdelphi UniversityGarden CityUSA

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