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Conclusion: Why Study Development? 

Conclusion: Why Study Development?
Chapter:
Conclusion: Why Study Development?
Source:
The Little Book of Child and Adolescent Development
Author(s):

Karen J. Gilmore

and Pamela Meersand

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199899227.003.0009

This chapter revisits the value of a developmental orientation in clinical work. It underscores the benefit of listening to a patient’s history with an ear trained in the language of development, promoting recognition of absences and omissions, recursive transference paradigms, and residual naïve cognition and unconscious fantasy in the evolution of the patient’s symptomatology and personality. Developmental knowledge serves as a guidebook to the fascinating question of how the person we hope to understand evolved into the personality and psychopathology we observe today.

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