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DARO, Beatriz Rall; OGAKI, Henrique Abe; REIS, Maria Elizabeth Barreto Tavares dos  and  CORDEIRO, Sílvia Nogueira. Communication by look between mother and baby: subjectivity and integration of self. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2017, vol.23, n.2, pp. 646-661. ISSN 1677-1168.

This article presents an experience report based on Esther Bick’s Infant Observation method. This method is a way to study psychic dynamics of babies by regular weekly visits of an hour to the home of the motherinfant dyad, subsequent annotations and supervision of the observations. In order to become a subject, a baby needs to undergo a process of subjective constitution and integration of the self, which is aided by the maternal role. Visual communication is important in this function as it helps the baby to differentiate itself from the mother and the environment and form its subjectivity. The Bick method served not only to observe aspects of the functioning of the baby, but also as a host environment for the dyad, thus being a connector between theory and practice.

Keywords : Observation methods; Visual communication; Constitution of the subject.

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