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Volume 4, Number 4 - October 2016

Searching for a rich line of understanding: revisiting psychoanalytic theories of self, attachment and compassion

This article seeks to explore ideas from psychoanalytically based literature which can be used by teachers to think further about the emotional world of children and their responses to their communications. Literature explored include attachment theory, writing by Daniel Stern about the development of the senses of self, which are formative to early development, a reflection on the sequence in which emotional regulation best develops, and then consideration of some of the ideas from Alfred Adler and current thinking within writing about ‘compassion communication.’


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