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Treating the “Wise Baby”

Treating the “Wise Baby” In a previous examination of Ferenczi’s concept of the “Wise Baby” (1996), I had noted both its applications and its limitations in the analytic treatment of an unusually intelligent adult. Ferenczi’s concepts of “the origin of intellect in trauma” and of “the wise baby” have often left the indistinct impression of being interrelated phenomena. In this paper, I regard as arguable the notion that very high intelligence is pathological when it is “precocious.” This return visit to the territory of the “wise baby” extends Ferenczi’s ideas about the “origin” and use of the intellect to include a consideration of what may constitute effective “treatment” for those who suffer from giftedness. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The American Journal of Psychoanalysis Springer Journals

Treating the “Wise Baby”

The American Journal of Psychoanalysis , Volume 65 (1) – Dec 17, 2004

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 by Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
Subject
Psychology; Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy; Psychoanalysis
ISSN
0002-9548
eISSN
1573-6741
DOI
10.1007/s11231-004-1814-y
pmid
15754110
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Abstract

In a previous examination of Ferenczi’s concept of the “Wise Baby” (1996), I had noted both its applications and its limitations in the analytic treatment of an unusually intelligent adult. Ferenczi’s concepts of “the origin of intellect in trauma” and of “the wise baby” have often left the indistinct impression of being interrelated phenomena. In this paper, I regard as arguable the notion that very high intelligence is pathological when it is “precocious.” This return visit to the territory of the “wise baby” extends Ferenczi’s ideas about the “origin” and use of the intellect to include a consideration of what may constitute effective “treatment” for those who suffer from giftedness.

Journal

The American Journal of PsychoanalysisSpringer Journals

Published: Dec 17, 2004

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