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Dr Paul Holinger’s Parenting Place Newsletter - February2012

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“Language… makes parts of our known experience more shareable with others….
It permits two people to create mutual experiences of meaning …
but in fact language is a double-edged sword. 
It also makes some parts of our experience less shareable with ourselves and with others.”
         
“The problem of language acquisition has become an interpersonal problem. 
Meaning … is something to be negotiated between the parent and child…
Meaning results from interpersonal negotiations involving what can be agreed upon as shared.”

The Interpersonal World of the Child (1985),
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Daniel Stern, MD

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Dr. Paul Holinger’s Parenting Place Newsletter - January 2012

Before Children Talk ... They Understand A Lot!

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“By the time babies start to talk they have already acquired a great deal of world knowledge…”
 
“… some senses of the self do exist long prior to self-awareness and language. 
These include the senses of agency, of physical cohesion, of continuity in time, of having intentions in mind, and other such experiences…”

Daniel Stern, MD, The Interpersonal World of the Infant, 1985.

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