This volume contains a representative selection of talks and writings by Martha Harris and Donald Meltzer on the key developmental phase of adolescence, from their teachings both separately and together over many years. Similar books on this topic by these authors have existed for some time in Italian and in Spanish but not until now in English.
This tract was commissioned from Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris in 1976 by the Organisation for Economic and Cultural Development as part of a project to develop policies and programmes that would support families in their educational task. It was included in Sincerity: Collected Papers of Donald Meltzer ed. A. Hahn (1994) but has never until now been published as an independent work in English, though it has been published in French, Spanish and Italian and has had extensive use in those countries by therapists, teachers, teacher-trainers and social workers.It is a unique work owing to its integration of a psychoanalytical theory of learning with an ecological conception of how the various systems involved in the educational process are interconnected, and as such is still of great present-day relevance, both to clinical and educational practitioners and to policy-makers.
This book brings together the closely observed development of Simone (from birth to three) and the perceptive comments of Martha (or Mattie) Harris, who was such an influential figure in the development of the Observational Studies Course at the Tavistock. Romana Negri's pioneering work on neonatal intensive care units is informed both by infant observation and by psychoanalysis. She presents in this volume the transcribed tapes of her detailed observation of a normally developing infant, whom Martha Harris supervised for three years. Other chapters present observations of children in hospital that formed part of their diagnostic assessment, and the book includes commentaries by Donald Meltzer and Martha Harris together. This book will be of outstanding interest to all readers whether parents, teachers, or mental health professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of the roots of mental life.
'This is a new edition of Mattie Harris's papers together with two of Mrs Bick's. The papers span sixteen years of development. They illustrate the conviction that detailed observation, especially as taught by Mrs Bick, is the basis of learning about emotional life. Thus the first few papers, while ostensibly describing the training of a child psychotherapist, are actually a guideline for learning about one's own emotional experience and hence of becoming a person. Mattie was very much inspired by Melanie Klein's teaching but was aware of the basic assumption groupings that arise, both internally and externally, through idealization of a great figure and which are death to individual thinking. Bion was an especial influence on her, particularly his idea of learning from the experience of tolerating frustration, and eschewing memory and desire in order to focus ont he present moment. The majority of her papers link experiences of infant observation with descriptions of analysis of child or adult cases. Each paper describes new aspects of the experience required for the development of an alive character. They are written in the concise,even-handed style of Mattie's personality and show her intense interest in the details that make each of us unique.'- Joan Symington, Child psychiatrist and training analyst, Australian Psychoanalytical Society
I think people should read this book not only because it’s one more love story but also because I want people to know that the Internet is not all bad. It’s also one more thing we can use for a marriage. Do not get a divorce right away. There are other options to try to work it out. It was very nice to tell my friend Lisa to involve her and her husband together in a dating website. Also, I wanted to show how the solders in Iraq live and how you can make them live a happy moment connecting to his or her partner and dealing with the very sad moments that they are going through.
What would you do if you were psychic and the last in your family? Then you find out, against all odds, that you could have a baby, even though it could kill you. Through a difficult pregnancy, a baby is born, Amber. Using abilities that go far beyond any of her relatives, Amber helps solve strange and unexplainable situations. As busy as she is helping people, the very skills that make her successful, make people nervous. Then, on one of her trips, she meets a man and falls in love. It’s no easy relationship. Knowing about her skills, he is as nervous as anyone. While working out their difficulties, Amber is asked to use her gifts to stop a serial killer. As things get dangerous for her, she wonders, will she ever again be with the one she loves?
The Teenager books by Martha Harris, originally published in 1969, take a similar approach to her long-term bestseller Thinking about Infants and Young Children. Rooted vividly in the practicalities of everyday situations, the educational focus is on helping parents use constructively the turbulent emotions that are aroused in them by their child. The structural hinge is her empathy with the struggling child in all of us, and with the difficulty of becoming educated in the deepest and widest sense of that term. If the central task of the adolescent is defined as one of finding their individual identity, then the task of parents is a reciprocal one: it is to re educate themselves through questioning their own relationships, values, emotions and principles. Her aim is that children and parents may make the most of this opportunity to develop in tandem, with a view to ultimately taking their place in the great social class of the truly educated people, the people who are still learning.
I am the fifth of eleven siblings. I grew up in a big family, with good and bad things, but I remember when I was little, Papa came home drunk and bit my mama. I was a quiet girl, always going to the top of a tree to write songs or poems or little stories to scape the domestic violence. When I was in class, sometimes I did not pay attention to my music teacher. I was writing whatever came on my mind, no matter what. I always wrote about my dreams. I’m a dreamer until now, and one of my dreams came true: publishing one of the stories that came to my mind. Writing and reading make me forget about what was going on at home. It was like getting in another world, my world, living in a house without violence, living a happy life because—oh my god, writing this makes my cry. Seeing a father biting your mother is not something a kid wants to see. That’s why I’m writing with tears in my eyes. This is the very simple biography of a girl turning into a woman who only wants to become happy one day.
This book describes some of the important aspects of the development of infants and young children from birth to school age. It is illustrated by vignettes of scenes between parents and children and it touches on many of the questions and feelings evoked by the intense emotional relationship between parents and children.