Quotations From LOUISE J KAPLAN


 

  • Adolescents are the bearers of cultural renewal, those cycles of generation and regeneration that link our limited individual destinies with the destiny of the species.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 12 (1984).

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  • Adolescence represents an inner emotional upheaval, a struggle between the eternal human wish to cling to the past and the equally powerful wish to get on with the future.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, introduction (1984).

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  • The toddler must say "no" in order to find out who she is. The adolescent says "no" to assert who she is not.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 9 (1984).
  • Young people...have more compassion and tenderness toward the elderly than most middle-aged adults. Nothing—not avarice, not pride, not scrupulousness, not impulsiveness—so disillusions a youth about her parents as the seemingly inhumane way they treat her grandparents.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 12 (1984).

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  • It is not speech or tool making that distinguishes us from other animals, it is imagination....Of what use are speech sounds and tools without an inspiration toward perfectibility, without a sense that we can create or construct a history.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 12 (1984).

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  • The most significant change wrought by adolescence is the taming of the ideals by which a person measures himself. . . . Love of oneself becomes love of the species. Conscience is pointed to the future, whispering permission to reach beyond the safety net of our ordinary and finite human existence.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 4 (1984).

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  • Paradoxically, the toddler's "No" is also a preliminary to his saying yes. It is a sign that he is getting ready to convert his mother's restrictions and prohibitions into the rules for behavior that will belong to him.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual, ch. 6 (1978).

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  • In every adult human there still lives a helpless child who is afraid of aloneness.... This would be so even if there were a possibility for perfect babies and perfect mothers.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual, ch. 7 (1978).

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  • The toddler is struggling to make sense of his parents' "No." No-saying is the helpless child's way of acting as though he had the power and authority of his parents. The more their "no's" make him feel vulnerable, the more he has to say "No" himself.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), psychologist. Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual, ch. 6 (1978).

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  • Normally an infant learns to use his mother as a "beacon of orientation" during the first five months of life. The mother's presence is like a fixed light that gives the child the security to move out safely to explore the world and then return safely to harbor.
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Oneness and Separateness: From Infant to Individual, introduction (1978).

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