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The Child's Relations with Others

Langdridge, D. (2005). The Child's Relations with Others. Existential Analysis: Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, 16(1) pp. 87–99.

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Abstract

In The Child's Relations with Others Merleau-Ponty (1964) criticises extant theories of child development and proposes a phenomenological alternative based on an embodied intersubjective development. Through this phenomenological examination of early child development Merleau- Ponty provides a profound challenge to classical dualist theories. Merleau- Ponty, following Wallon, argues that knowledge of ourselves, and others, is given through our interconnectedness. This paper seeks to outline and discuss Merleau-Ponty's developmental theory and argue that, not only do these insights challenge existing theories of child development, but they also provide a strong argument for further examination of the role of embodiment in psychotherapeutic theory and practice. In particular, I will suggest that, in the light of these arguments, existential-phenomenological practice fails to adequately account for the notion of the body-subject and needs to consider incorporating methods of enactment within the therapeutic process.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0958-0476
Keywords: existential-phenomenological psychotherapy; embodiment; Merleau-Ponty;
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Psychology in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 8371
Depositing User: Darren Langdridge
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:01
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/8371
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