Backwards in Time: A Study in Infant Observation by the by Alessandra Piontelli

By Alessandra Piontelli

This compact vintage describes Alessandra Piontelli's event of staring at infants over numerous years. those kids got here from assorted social, monetary and familial backgrounds yet a few fascinating similarities arose to lead them to a good selection for comparability out of the numerous infants saw by means of Dr Piontelli all through her occupation. This ebook is needed studying for all scholars and execs curious about the real box of baby statement.

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To avoid this he usually tried to run offand be alone. It was only when he thought he was alone that I saw him, onjust two occasions, express some feeling, though in an indirect, secretive way. One day when he was about nineteen months old I saw Gloria nag and torment him with all sorts of prohibitions, remarks and orders; Martin just followed, almost paralysed. As soon as she left the room he rapidly, almost frantically, touched all the forbidden articles and sketchily, symbolically performed all the prohibited actions; then, pretending to be 'innocent', returned to his paralysed state and waited for her to return.

I didn't see Mark for quite a while; apparently he was always sleeping. I almost doubted his existence for a while as he was so rarely mentioned and life in the family seemed to go on more or less unchanged. Martin too, at least on the surface, didn't seem to be affected by the event. I only saw Mark briefly on three occasions when I was struck by his resemblance to Martin and by the fact that he also sucked his tongue. Martin behaved in a very kind and polite way towards him; he would gently stroke Mark's face calling him, "sweet little thing", he would ask about his health and his sleep; he would comment on his rashes and his movements, but there was no genuine spontaneity in 47 BACKWARDS IN TIME these overtures.

Moment, but this was never a long-lasting or deeply satisfactory sensation. Inevitably food would leave his mouth just as the nipple had done previously. No gap could be tolerated even for a moment: something else had constantly to be there. Once swallowed, food became merely a heavy, undigested and unassimilated accumulation - something completely meaningless that could never be fit for digestion and integration at a mental level. It became an intoxication. Even when food was in his hands he could never let it go; he always had to have a firm grip on it.

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