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1

What is Margaret Mahler's Theory?

Attachment theory

Process of Separation-Individuatio

2

What is the Autistic-Newborn to 1st Month Phase?

(1st Phase)

Infant Focused on Self

Incapable of investing in others/unresponsive to external stimuli

3

What is the Symbiotic Stage?

(2nd Phase)

1 - 5 Months

Infant BREAKS OUT OF AUTISTIC SHELL

Infant feels unity with mother/begins to understand the MOTHER AS A SEPARATE BEING

4

What is the Differentiation Phase?

(3rd Phase)

(Part of separation-individuation Phase)

6 - 9 Months

Attention shifts from an inward focus to an outward focus

The infant begins to separate from caregiver by crawling

5

What is the Practicing Phase?

(4th Phase)

(Part of separation-individuation Phase)

9 - 14 months

Infant crawls and walks freely

Explores actively and becomes distant from mother

6

What is the Rapprochement Phase?

(5th Phase)

(Part of separation-individuation Phase)

12 - 24 Months

Infant desires to be independent

Infant moves away from the mother but returns regularly to make sure his/her mother is still there

7

What is the Object Constancy Phase?

(6th Phase)

(Part of separation-individuation Phase)

After 24 Months

The infant has the capacity to recall the mother despite the absence

The child sees mother as a separate individual from themselves