Exploring Scientific Literature Relevant to Intrapsychic Humanism: Part II: Intentionality

A seminar facilitated by Stephen Budde, Ph.D. and Katherine L. Knight, Ph.D. Friday, June 19, 2009, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Light Supper Served at 5 p.m. Intrapsychic humanism emphasizes the essential importance of the caregiver’s motive to care for the child and the child’s motive to regulate the care she receives. General human interest in motives is reflected in many other spheres of our daily lives, including casual and academic discussions of politics, law, business, and ethics. Some of the leading child development scholars have utilized experimental methods to study how infants and toddlers perceive and respond to the intentions of adults. In this seminar, Drs. Stephen Budde (Director of Clinical Programs at the Juvenile Protective Association, Chicago) and Katherine Knight (Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Loyola University Chicago) will lead a discussion examining the purposes, methods, and findings of two fascinating studies of intentionality. Discussion will include exploring how study findings and ideas advanced by these scientists are relevant to the developmental and clinical theory of intrapsychic humanism (particularly with regard to motives), and how theoretical constructs (e.g., the intrapsychic motive) drawn from intrapsychic humanism might help us to interpret or better understand some of the findings.