The Baby and the Drive presents a new reading of psychoanalytic drive theory, as well as offering clinical tools for early identiﬁcation of diﬃculties and intervention with babies and their parents.
This volume demonstrates that the concept of the drive is the crucial factor in early life. The drive is presented as a force with pathways that are established in the newborn’s psychic development. Four drive ﬁelds are distinguished, which are activated during the ﬁrst year, and the volume examines the points at which they may encounter diﬃculties and how these diﬃculties may be treated. The Baby and the Drive explains that access to the drives and their activation orients work with the newborn―an operation at once fundamental and indispensable if researchers accept the existence of a subject in the newborn.
Allowing a new orientation in work with newborns and infants, this volume will be a valuable resource for academics, scholars, and students of Lacanian studies and Lacanian analysis. It will also be of great interest to Lacanian psychologists and Lacanian psychoanalysts in practice and in training.