Action, Fantasy and Language: Developmental Levels of Ego Organization in Communicating Drives and Affects

  • Sebastiano Santostefano
Part of the The Downstate Series of Research in Psychiatry and Psychology book series (DSRPP, volume 1)


Laboratory studies were conducted in an attempt to operationalize and explore the developmental interrelations among action, fantasy, and language behaviors conceptualized as ego modes which regulate and communicate drives and affects. These studies, and the developmental model they suggest, were used as a lens through which the analysis of a latency boy was examined, in order to gather longitudinal data that explore the model further. The laboratory data and the analytic case are related to theoretical questions concerning personality development and to analytic technique with children.


Action Mode Stimulus Word Language Mode Impulsive Aggression Language Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sebastiano Santostefano
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  1. 1.Harvard University Medical SchoolCambridgeUSA

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