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Why is connection with others so critical? The formation of dyadic states of consciousness and the expansion of individuals' states of consciousness: coherence governed selection and the co-creation of meaning out of messy meaning making

Edward Tronick

in Emotional Development:

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780198528845
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191689567 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528845.003.0011
Why is connection with others so critical? The formation of dyadic states of consciousness and the expansion of individuals' states of consciousness: coherence governed selection and the co-creation of meaning out of messy meaning making

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This chapter introduces a new model of infant-mother interaction — the ‘Dyadic States of Consciousness’ (DSC). In an infant-mother interaction, each individual communicates their affective evaluation of the state of what is going on in the interaction. In response to the induction of meaning in the other, infants and mothers adjust their behaviour to maintain coordinated dyadic state. When the mutual induction is successful, a DSC is formed, meanings from the other' state of consciousness (SOC) are incorporated, and their SOCs gain coherence and complexity.

Keywords: infant-mother interaction; Dyadic States of Consciousness; meaning; dyadic state; state of consciousness; behaviour

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Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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