Zihniye OKRAY


Infantile autism phenomenon is like an abyss in literature. It was very confusing what to add and what to eliminate in trying to explain autism. This paper aims to explain infantile autism in psychoanalytic fashion.  In this paper infantile autism explanations will be limited to the history of autism and psychoanalytic counterparts of the infantile autism and Houzel’s two articles called ‘The Nest Of Babies’ and ‘The Psychoanalysis of Infantile Autism’. This paper can be divided into 4 major parts: Autism before Leo Kanner, Leo Kanner and Infantile Autism, Psychoanalytic Theory of Infantile Autism including Melanie Klein, Frances Tustin, Donald Meltzer, Didier Houzel.

Key words: infantile autism, Kanner, Houzel, Klein, psychoanalysis


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