Autism and the Development of Mind: Second Revised Edition

Author(s) : Peter Hobson

Autism and the Development of Mind: Second Revised Edition

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Forthcoming
  • Category 2 :
    Autism and Aspergers
  • Catalogue No : 4992
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415433365
  • ISBN 10 : 0415433363
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The purpose of this essay is to illustrate how the phenomenon of early childhood autism may cast light on issues that are central to our Understanding Of Normal Child Development - Issues Such As The Emotional origins of social experience and social understanding, the contribution of interpersonal relations to the genesis of symbolism and creative thought, and the role of intersubjectivity in the development of self. Drawing upon philosophical writings as well as empirical research on autism, the author challenges the individualistic and cognitive bias of much developmental psychology, and argues that early human development is founded upon a normal infant's capacity for distinct forms of "I - Thou" and "I - It" relatedness. To a large degree, autism may represent the psycho-pathological sequelae to biologically-based incapacities for social perception and interpersonal engagement.

About the Author(s)

Peter Hobson is Tavistock Professor of Developmental Psychopathology in the University of London, with a clinical position at the Tavistock Clinic, London. He is a psychiatrist trained at the Maudsley Hospital, London, a psychoanalyst trained at the Institute of Psycho-Analysis, London, and academic developmental psychologist with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. His research interests converge upon the significance of interpersonal relations for understanding the course of human development, both typical and atypical. He has long been intrigued by how consultations in psychoanalytic psychotherapy afford profound insights into human mental life and the potential for development.

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