This book is about unifying, in one and the same theory, the human being, Homo psychicus, both as an affective/internal presentation being and an operative, cognitive being. In this way, we see two human abilities – on the one hand, Silvan Tomkins’ comprehensive theories of our innate biological affects and, on the other hand, Jean Piaget’s theories of Homo psychicus as an operative, cognitive being – in one theory. According to Piaget the basis for operations is to be found in our innate reflexes. Overarching perspectives of this derivation are found in development: evolutionary, phylogenetic, ontogenetic and epigenetic. The author’s empirical research is directed towards development of a «percept-genetic» method called the Percept-genetic Object-Relation Test (PORT). This method is employed in the description and illustration of how Homo psychicus may become a person. Thus, this subject is discussed from an epigenetic and a clinical perspective.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2018. , XVIII, 260 pp., 3 fig. col., fig. 16 b/w
CONTENTS: Background, purposes and some unlocking keys - Towards an epistemology forming the background to further understanding
of Homo psychicus - Two lines of development as the foundation for the origin of Homo psychicus - Operations
in relationships to affects/internal presentations: a teleodynamic investigation - Homo psychicus: a brief comment
on language - Psychopathology as viewed in epigenetical perspective - Return to the start: and the whole extension to Homo