Psychic development: peculiarities of childhood or a process of continuous transformation?

Author/s Paolo Milanesi
Publishing Year 2015 Issue 2015/2
Language Italian Pages 30 P. 63-92 File size 439 KB
DOI 10.3280/RPR2015-002005
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The author synthetically revisits the story of psychoanalytical thinking on psychological development highlighting a few of its basic epistemic assumptions. The concept of emergence is then introduced as it derives from the theories of dynamic and non-linear complex systems along with the purview of post- Darwinian evolutionary thinking with particular reference to the theory of punctuated equilibrium of Gould and Eldredge. This gives rise to a novel synthesis through which we can look at psychological development, not only in children but also in each individual along their life span.

Keywords: Psychological development, emergence, punctuated evolution, life span, dynamic and non-linear complex systems, linear dynamics

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Paolo Milanesi, Sviluppo psichico: peculiarità dell’infanzia o processo in continuo divenire? in "RICERCA PSICOANALITICA" 2/2015, pp 63-92, DOI: 10.3280/RPR2015-002005