Self regulation emerges during the first 18 months of life.

Too many books on the topic of consciousness focus on what it might be as if one is born with it fully intact. This approach all but pre-supposes that consciousness, unlike most mental features, is already in place, hard-wired and fully-formed at the time of birth. Schore’s book delves into the fine detail of how consciousness, under the term, self regulation, might form as a result of interactions with the infant’s primary caregivers. Examining development of self is a worthwhile approach in its own right. But it also helps define what consciousness is and what it is for. The book relies as much on neuroscientific insights as it does on psychological insights.

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