Quotations From LOUISE J KAPLAN

 

  • 1.
    Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 12 (1984).

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  • 2.
    During adolescence imagination is boundless. The urge toward self-perfection is at its peak. And with all their self- absorption and personalized dreams of glory, youth are in pursuit of something larger than personal passions, some values or ideals to which they might attach their imaginations.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 9 (1984).

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  • 3.
    Adolescence is the time to enlarge the natural sentiments of pity, friendship, and generosity, the time to develop an understanding of human nature and the varieties of human character, the time to gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of all men and to study the history of mankind.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 2 (1984).

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  • 4.
    Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 3 (1984).

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  • 5.
    It didn't take elaborate experiments to deduce that an infant would die from want of food. But it took centuries to figure out that infants can and do perish from want of love.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. No Voice Is Ever Wholly Lost, ch. 1 (1995).

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  • 6.
    Hopefulness is the heartbeat of the relationship between a parent and child. Each time a child overcomes the next challenge of his life, his triumph encourages new growth in his parents. In this sense a child is parent to his mother and father.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual, ch. 1 (1978).

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  • 7.
    What eleven- to thirteen-year-old boys fear is passivity of any kind. When they do act passively we can be fairly certain that it is an act of aggression designed to torment a parent or teacher. . . . Mischief at best, violence at worst is the boy's proclamation of masculinity.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 7 (1984).

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  • 8.
    Adolescence is a time of active deconstruction, construction, reconstruction—a period in which past, present, and future are rewoven and strung together on the threads of fantasies and wishes that do not necessarily follow the laws of linear chronology.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, introduction (1984).

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  • 9.
    From the beginning moments of life, the urges for each of us to become a self in the world are there—in the liveliness of our innate growth energies, in the vitality of our stiffening-away muscles, in our looking eyes, our listening ears, our reaching-out hands.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 3 (1984).

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  • 10.
    Schoolchildren make up their own rules and enforce their own conformities. They feel safest when leisure time is rationed and dosed. They like to wear uniforms, and they frown on personal idiosyncrasies. Deviance is the mark of an outsider.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 5 (1984).

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