Developing Through Relationships
This accessible book explains how individuals develop through their relationships with others. Alan Fogel demonstrates that human development is driven by a social dynamic process called co-regulation—the creative interaction of individuals to achieve a common goal. He focuses on communication—between adults, between parents and children, among non-human animals, and even among cells and genes—to create an original model of human development.
Fogel explores the origins of communication, personal identity, and cultural participation and argues that from birth communication, self, and culture are inseparable. He shows that the ability to participate as a human being in the world does not come about only with the acquisition of language, as many scholars have thought, but begins during an infant's earliest nonverbal period. According to Fogel, the human mind and sense of self start to develop at birth through communication and relationships between individuals.
Fogel weaves together theory and research from a variety of disciplines, including psychology, biology, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, and cognitive science. He rejects the objectivist perspective on development in favor of a relational perspective: to treat the mind as an objective, mechanical thing, Fogel contends, is to ignore the interactive character of thinking. He argues that the life of the mind is a dialogue between imagined points of view, like a dialogue between two different people, and he uses this view to explain his relational theory of human development.
Developing through Relationships makes a substantial contribution not only to developmental psychology but also to the fields of communication, cognitive science, linguistics, and biology.
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Introduction and perspective
About this book
The origins of communication self and culture
Communication self and culture in infancy
Processes of selforganization within relationships
A dynamic model of consensual framing in relationships
The formation of differences between relationships
Two patterns of relationship formation
The self in relation embodied cognition
Infant cognition and its development
Proposals for a relational perspective on infant development
The communication system coregulation and framing
The communication system history and metaphor
Systems and interdependence
Metaphors in social and developmental psychology
The fundamental problem of beinginrelation
A model of communication meaning and information
Information in continuous process communication systems
The formation of relationships creating new meaning
Creativity in relationships
The formation of relationships differences between dyads
The self in relation self and other
The dialogical self in adults
The dialogical self in infancy
The dialogical self is coregulated
Culture as communication stability and change
Culture and infancy
Conclusions and implications
morality aesthetics and affiliation
Research approaches to relationship development
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