A Hundred Years of Latency: From Freudian Psychosexual Theory to Dynamic Systems Nonlinear Development in Middle Childhood

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Author: Rona Knight, Ph.D.

Description: This article traces a fresh conceptualizing of the “latency period.” Latency has long been understood as a desexualized stage that occurs subsequent to the sexually charged Oedipal conflict and preceding a sexual re‐emergence in adolescence. Traditionally, latency is a discrete stage in a linear passageway to normality, often viewed as a way station at which a patient can get stuck, or to which she may regress. The author challenges this essentially passive model of latency, arguing instead that the role of the analyst is not to passively shepherd the patient through the tunnel of latency, as it were, but to co‐author a narrative that allows for growth. Latency is thereby re‐conceptualized as an opportunity for active engagement in the psychodynamic process as opposed to a stage where the patient and therapist stand watch to ensure that the passage is made to the next stage of the process. Drawing on recent work in cognition, neurobiology and her own research, the author proposes a competing view of latency as a non‐linear, dynamic struggle in which the child actively negotiates biological, environmental, and psychological drives.

Educational Objectives: 

After reading this article the participant will be able to:

(1) Characterize how new research challenges to the traditional Freudian conception of the ‘latency’ stage as linear, passive, and uneventful; and

(2) Formulate new frameworks for dealing with patients in the latency stage, and more specifically, foster the ability to work with such patients to create a new narrative of development that can foster growth within the latency period

Criteria for Completion:

1. Read article

2. Submission of completed evaluation form of the article and the overall evaluation

3. 80% passing grade of post-test questions

Continuing Education Credits: 1.5

Cost: $30.00

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