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The Growth of the Mind: And the Endangered Origins of Intelligence

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This compelling book reveals the six fundamental levels that form the architecture of our minds. The growth of these levels, four of which are deeper even than the unconscious, depends on a series of critical but subtle emotional transactions between an infant and a devoted caregiver. In mapping these interactions, Dr. Greenspan formulates the elusive building blocks of cr ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 9th 1998 by Da Capo Press (first published 1997)
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Greenspan presents a convincing argument for the emotional foundations of intelligence and the emergence of the self. In the second half of this book he explores the implications of this model for society including social policy, education and even foreign policy. An ambitious and at times perhaps far reaching effort. Nevertheless I have a lot of respect for Greenspan's synthesis of neuropsychological development and psychoanalytic theory. His perspective as a specialist in autistic disorders le ...more
Sarah Milne
3.75 stars. Brief (lazy) review: I love Greenspan's work with emotional engagement. I found his final two chapters less engaging and insightful. Overall, good stuff. No need to slam Piaget, though, just say you are building on his work.
Chris Gould
Even as an 18 year old I was deeply impressed with what Greenspan had to offer, challenging the Piagetian theory and offering real practical advice for teachers working with young children.
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