The Mother-Infant Interaction Picture Book: Origins of Attachment

Author(s) : Beatrice Beebe, Author(s) : Phyllis Cohen, Author(s) : Frank M. Lachmann, Illustrator : Dillon Yothers

The Mother-Infant Interaction Picture Book: Origins of Attachment

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Using video microanalysis-which captures moment-to-moment sequences of interactions-Beatrice Beebe and her colleagues have turned their lens on the most primary of relationships, mother and infant. This process becomes a social microscope, enabling readers to see subtle details of interactions which are too rapid and complex to grasp in real time with the naked eye.

These moment-to-moment sequences teach us to see how both infant and mother affect each other. We see that infants at four months are already extraordinarily communicative and responsive to the movements and emotions of the partner. These interactions can be used to predict a range of future attachment styles. They enable researchers to translate infants' nonverbal language and provide a unique and rare window into child development. Lushly illustrated by Dillon Yothers, these drawings reveal the emotions, but conceal the identities, of the mothers and infants.

About the Author(s)

Beatrice Beebe is Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry), College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute; faculty at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, and the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.

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Phyllis Cohen, PhD, is the founder and director of the New York Institute for Psychotherapy Training in Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University.

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Frank M. Lachmann, Ph.D., is a founding faculty member of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, Training and Supervising Analyst, Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, and Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has contributed over 100 articles to the journal literature, and is author of Transforming Aggression (Aronson, 2000), and co-author of Self and Motivational Systems (Analytic Press, 1992), The Clinical Exchange (Analytic Press, 1996), and Infant Research and Adult Treatment (Analytic Press, 2002).

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