Prologue: A Gesture Toward a Psychoanalytic Theory of Communication
Twenty years ago, René Spitz (1957) published what we deem to be a monumental monograph—“No and Yes.” We single out this work because Spitz may be regarded as the spiritual father of this volume. His was the first gesture in the direction of a psychoanalytic view of communication. Moreover, his work was buttressed by relatively hard data and was developmental in conception. Although we have a psychoanalytic theory of thinking, of drives, and of object relations, we do not possess a psychoanalytic theory of communication. This is remarkable in a discipline that rests heavily on the discourse between people. If this volume can make a fresh beginning in defining those principles which govern the symbolic commerce between people, our efforts will have been worthwhile.
KeywordsObject Relation Psychoanalytic Theory Sensory Innervation Genital Arousal Mental Organization
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